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2015 STS Making and Doing Program

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BlackBox Vending Machine

Southwick, Dan, University of Toronto/Critical Making Lab


Gabby Resch, University of Toronto/Critical Making Lab
Matt Ratto, University of Toronto/Critical Making Lab

The Blackbox Vending Machine is an interactive touchscreen-based kiosk that will ask conference participants to make a series of ethical, moral, social, and political decisions as part of a “maker culture express” experience. The name of this project satirizes the official slogan of Redbox, which reads: “For one dollar, you buy 2 to 3 hours of happiness.” It is also a sendup of two common tropes we regularly encounter in our lab's 3D printing-related work: the Star Trek replicator, a media technofuture black box promising that we will one day be able to easily and unproblematically materialize everything, by rearranging subatomic particles at the command of a human voice; and the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer, the preeminent black box in emerging “maker” culture, which trades on a similar promise in its marketing. Finally, the title acknowledges “express” culture embedded in these boxes, each of which is positioned as a device of immediacy and impulse.

Link to project:

Barbosa e Silva: STS ‘Making’ and ‘Knowings’

Battles: Lightbox: Art|Information

Clement: Mapping Internet Surveillance

Collier: The SERRC

Comisso: Scientific Legislation

Cross: Off The Grid

de la Torre: STS+ With Practitioners

Forlano: Reimagining Work

Gardner: Body Editing

Gruber: Making Mirror Neurons

Hamilton: The Anarchy of the Imagination

Hermans: rePlay: De-commodifying Music

Hosman: Solar Digital Libraries

Iles: Greening Chemistry

Irani: Matters of Care in Crowdsourcing

Jain: Things that Art

Klein: Experimental Methods

Lakoff: Limn: An Experimental Scholarly Magazine

Lee : Teaching Sewol Disaster

Liboiron: Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Lie: Film: Medical Imaging

Loukissas: Life and Death of Data

Lucena: CSR & Social Justice

Miller: The Shore Line

Morales-Nasser: STS and ART

Myers: The Write2Know Project

Nieusma: STS Design Program

Ostman: Nano & Society

Ostrowski: Empirical Prints

Peek: Making Machines that Make

Poirier: Cyberinfrastructure for STS

Quitmeyer: Mobile Wilderness Making

Richardson: Critical Digital Exhibits

Riley: Doing Engineering Justice

Rogers: Making Science Visible

Sabanovic: A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Schwartz-Marin: Citizen-Led Forensics

Selin: Futurescape City Tours

Shrum: Light Years

Smiley: ‘zines as method

Southwick: BlackBox Vending Machine

Stettler: Can Innovators Be Made?

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces

Vidart-Delgado : Department of Play

Visperas: Thinking with Catalyst

Wang: Wooden Boat Building

Warren: Crafting Digital Stories

Watts: The Energy Walk

Whynacht: The Now(here) Project

Woelfle-Erskine: Tell a Salmon

Ziewitz: How’s My Feedback?

Zuiderent-Jerak: Situated Intervention