Research Critique: Critical Making

Coined by Matt Ratto in 2008, he uses the word to describe the activities processes in his workshop, specifically about how he combines conceptual reflection and technical making. In other words, it is a combination of critical social thinking and technical making. His concept mainly explores how the learning is affected by the hands on participation of the learner, in a technical making context. He focuses on the constructive process rather than the final product. Dissecting social issues through the process of critical making can further enhance solutions by exploring cultural and social context while engaging in technological exploration. Critical Making design develops a  perspective on the current institutions, practices and norms of society, reconnecting material and morality.

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