The Critical Experience of Making: Interview with Matt Ratto. Interviewers: I. Farías & T. Sánchez Criado

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Matt Ratto
Ignacio Farías
Tomás Sánchez Criado

Abstract

Matt Ratto is Director of the Critical Making Lab in the Faculty of In­formation at the University of Toronto. Ratto coined the term “critical making” to describe hands-on activities to explore the relationship between technology and society. In this interview, the author of DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media (MIT Press, 2014) speaks about the need to develop situations in order to experiment critically with matter, in order to develop newer understandings of the politics of technology.

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Ratto, M., Farías, I., & Sánchez Criado, T. (2018). The Critical Experience of Making: Interview with Matt Ratto. Interviewers: I. Farías & T. Sánchez Criado. Diseña, (12), 88-103. https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.12.88-103
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Author Biographies

Matt Ratto, Toronto University

Matt Ratto is Director of the Critical Making Lab in the Faculty of In­formation at the University of Toronto. Ratto coined the term “critical making” to describe hands-on activities to explore the relationship between technology and society. He is author of DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media (MIT Press, 2014).

Ignacio Farías, Technical University of Munich

B.A. in Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. D.E.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universidad de Barcelona. PhD in European Ethnology, Humboldt University. Assistant Professor at the Munich Center for Technology in Society and the Architecture Department of Technical University Munich. His work is centered on urban studies, studies on science and technology and cultural anthropology. He has recently co-edited, together with Alex Wilkie, Studio Studies. Operations, Topologies & Displacements (Routledge, 2015) and, together with Anders Blok, the special issue “Technical Democracy as a Challenge to Urban Studies” (CITY, vol. 20, N° 4), and Urban Cosmopolitics: Agencements, Assemblies, Atmospheres (Routledge, 2016).

Tomás Sánchez Criado, Technical University of Munich

B.A. in Psychology, D.E.A. and PhD in Social Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Senior Researcher at the Munich Center for Technology in Society and the Architecture Department of the Technical University Munich. His areas of interest include social anthropology, science and technology studies, and disability studies. Some of his more recent publications are: Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography Through Fieldwork Devices (co-edited with A. Estalella, Berghahn, 2018) and ‘Urban Accessibility Issues: Technoscientific Democratizations at the Documentation Interface’ (with M. Cereceda, CITY, vol. 20, n.° 4).