Maker Movement: Creating knowledge through basic intention

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    This article focuses on the knowledge making process in the maker movement following Finnish craft professor Kojonkoski-Rännäli's account of making by hand. Basing her theory on Martin Heidegger’s philosophical analysis, Kojonkoski-Rännäli sees making by hand as an essential way of existing in the world. Making by hand is a bodily experience where knowledge is acquired by doing, by grasping and making, but it also requires knowledge of the material, process, etc. When immediate grasping-being in the world happens together with comprehension acquired through practice and intellectual knowledge, Kojonkoski-Rännäli calls the act of making a basic intention. This basic intention is crucial in making as it creates profound knowledge of the subject and also involvement and responsibility of the created object. Kojonkoski-Rännäli separates basic intention from instrumental intention, where the process of doing does not generate deep knowledge nor responsibility. Kojonkoski-Rännäli describes industrial processes, including also digital fabrication, through instrumental intention.
    In this paper, I describe Kojonkoski-Rännäli's philosophy of doing by hand and then examine if and how maker movement brings basic intention into digital fabrication and why this is important.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCumulus Association Biannual International Conference, Conference Proceedings
    PublisherNottingham Trent University
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9780992887810
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
    EventCumulus Conference: In This Place - School of Art & Design Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Duration: 27 Apr 20161 May 2016


    ConferenceCumulus Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • maker movement
    • programming
    • learning to program
    • teaching programming
    • creative coding
    • craft education
    • philosophy


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