The Problem With Gutenberg: post-literacy & makerspace strategy

Makerspaces are physical spaces used to experiment with creation and manipulation of digital and physical objects, usually in a communal setting. These spaces are often related to the reduction of boundaries between the physical and the digital, such as with 3D printers. Post-literacy is a period when popular and institutional cultures no longer privilege reading and writing, and oral culture strategies are used for communication and learning. Makerspaces are demonstrated to be examples of post-literacy in action.

Makerspace strategy could thus apply learning and communication strategies from oral cultures. This talk will present post-literacy as a viable framework for makerspace strategy and direction, particularly for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Slides from NDF: The Problem With Gutenberg (The Gutenberg Parenthesis and Auckland Libraries’ Makerspaces) and a video of me trying to explain the slides.

The original paper at Victoria Uni, Welly: Making Postliteracy (w/ supervisor Dan Dorner‘s comments)

An earlier paper on NZLIMJ: Pre-literate Māori knowledge frameworks as post-literacy strategies


2 responses to “The Problem With Gutenberg: post-literacy & makerspace strategy”

  1. H

    Hi Baruk, I saw your NDF presentation on Youtube and in a very un-postliterate way I was keen to read your Vic paper. Unfortunately it brings up a 404 error – Is this deliberate to throw pre-post-literates off the track? Anyway great presentation.

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