About Us

What is critical making?

“Critical making” is a concept that was first developed by scholar-practitioner Mark Ratto in 2008. Ratto used the terms to describe a model of collaborative, practice-based approach to learning and thinking about technology.

Since, 2008, critical making has bourgeoned into a broader movement comprised of scholars, activists, media makers and citizen journalists. In 2012, Garnet Hertz published a hand-made book project comprised 10 pocket-sized ‘zines in which 70 contributors offer their own perspective and approaches to critical making. The project has been digitized and can be downloaded for free here. The Critical Making Studio see itself as part of this cultural, intellectual and pedagogical philosophy.

Location: Ground level of Academic Commons
General hours:  same hours as the Academic Commons.
Equipment circulation: M-F 3pm – 5pm
Open Studio Hours: M-F 1pm – 6pm