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.

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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.

www.fixedthings.com by Kerry Phillips

www.thereifixedit.com

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:

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