Repaired Things

Repair Workshops
April 26, 2012, 9:23 am
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I’m organizing a series of repair workshops at NURTUREart in May, in conjunction with my show there. So excited for these! Here’s the flier. Click the image to download as PDF.

Matt Crawford on Manual Competence
March 8, 2012, 8:26 am
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Système D
May 15, 2011, 10:20 am
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This week I’ve been slowly translating Judith Souriau‘s post about Repaired Things on the Libération arts blog, using my rusty high school French and the Mac translation widget.

I got stuck on this phrase:

les objets les plus simples mais aussi les plus créatifs de l’économie du système D.”

The widget translated “système D” as “resourcefulness”, so I Wikipedia’d it. Turns out it’s slang. The “D” stands both for the words débrouillard and demerder, meaning to de-tangle and de-shit respectively. It was popularized by food writer Anthony Bourdain, who used it to describe MacGyver-ish ways to whip up something from nothing or to dig yourself out of a culinary hole or a recipe-gone-wrong. But I guess now it can be used for any sort of under-the-gun creativity.

Unlike the somewhat clinical “repair”, these words conjure up thoughts of a pulling out of the muck and chaos, a rescue from oblivion, or a staving off of entropy that requires as much elbow grease as ingenuity.

I recently discovered Kevin Kelly‘s blog Street Use, which documents amazing instances of Système D from all over the world. Here are some favorites. The first is a raft kept afloat by bags of syrofoam peanuts! The rest are more or less self-explanatory. Click on the images to see the original posts.

La Liberation: L’art de la récup
January 6, 2011, 9:40 pm
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Judith Souriau profiled Repaired Things in Arts Plastiques, the arts blog of the French daily newspaper Libération. Enjoy!

Repaired Things at Barter Town, 6/19
June 5, 2010, 4:07 pm
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We will be repairing your things at Barter Town, an event organized by Heather Hart. Look for our traveling booth-on-wheels. See the Facebook Event for more details.

More Repair Sites
October 7, 2009, 10:47 pm
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Repairing is nothing new. It’s slightly younger than making. There are many wonderful websites which also gather documentation of repairs, each with their own particular focus/feel. Here are a few. by Kerry Phillips

Assignment #67 of Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher’s “Learning To Love You More”

Platform20 has undertaken an extensive series of projects about repairing, including:

— a Remarkable Repairs contest

— a Repair It Yourself worklab

Repair Hub, a database of skilled professional repairers (currently, most listed are in Amsterdam)

— and last but not least, the inspiring Repair Manifesto: