Shared investigation and experiments in sustainable creative technology
Wrekshops are events where people can come and enjoy making things using a combination of recycled technologies and digital fabrication techniques such as 3d printers or open source electronics.
The venues (art centres, shops, festivals, markets…) are fitted with shelves for the obsolete technology, working tables, hand tools and electronic components. No pre-required technical or programming knowledge is required, and there is no age limit either low or high. Wrekshops last from a few days to a few weeks.
The idea is to offer a space for non-precious experimentation, an opportunity to look under the bonnet of the complex electronic, networked objects that populate our daily life. The activities generate many conversations about our relation to technology, progress, sustainability, hacking.
The most dedicated wrekshoppers will build something from the scavenged parts while others might simply enjoy taking something apart without worrying about breaking it. Wrekshops are always at least partially run from energy generated onsite, for example with home-made bicycle generators, or more conventional solar installations.
Deershed Festival July 2017
Winter 2017 Lead Creative School Wrekshop for primary school class Bridgend UK
September 2016 Llawn Festival, Llandudno UK
October 2016 Glitch Festival – Wrekathon, Llandudno UK
2016 Los der Kybernetik, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2016 The Imitation Game, Manchester Art Gallery, UK
2015 Access Space, Sheffield UK
2014 Man Machine Wrekshop, Gdynia, Poland
2014 Is Technology Eating my Brain?, Watermans Arts Centre, London, UK
2013 Dynamo Wrekshop, Cardiff, UK
2013, 2014, 2015 Machine Tent Wrekshop, Deer Shed Festival, UK
2012-2013 Experimental Body Extension Manufacturing Unit (EBEMU) Campbelltown and Sydney,Australia
2011 Oriel Factory, Newtown, UK
2009 Afrikandermaarkt Big Band Action, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2006 Positive Activities, Québec Canada