DIY, Digital Biedermeier or New Cultural Paradigm
Aileen Derieg talks with Alessandro Ludovico and Jaromil on cultural practices and DIY. In recent years, the DIY culture received increased attention. Inspired by cheaper new production machines (eg 3D Printer) and freely available knowledge online things which were made recently only in industrial plants and by specialists have moved into the realm of ”doing it yourself”. This development is accompanied by a typical rhetoric of radical change (eg 3rd industrial revolution) and empowerment. But then the practical results are every so often reminiscent of a digital Biedermeier, quaintly produced small series of more or less useful design. What does this contradiction mean? Where is guerilla engineering and civil social appropriation of know-how turning into a self-referential zone of handicraft?