Hackumentary

The culture of making
around the world

An open source documentary film set to gather stories from all over the world and explore how making connects people with each other and with everything that surrounds them.

Hackumentary

An open source documentary about the culture of making and doing around the world

The hackumentary will explore the way making connects us with other people and with our surroundings.

Many people find in making the way of feeling active in their communities. Makers, doers, hackers, DIY enthusiasts, amateurs, teachers, students… or in a word: the curious ones. These are the representatives of the culture of making and doing.

Largely inspired by “Making is Connecting” (Gauntlett, 2010), the hackumentary is set to explore and record their stories, where making, taking things apart, hacking and repurposing stuff to achieve personal goals become key features in defining ourselves as active players in society. We create our own environment to achieve our own needs. We learn what we need in order to make what we want.

From the fix-it-all grandpa, who refuses to throw away old stuff, to the kids that open up toys in their bedrooms and mix their parts making new “devices” with everything they can find. These are ideal examples that show that in order to learn, we simply need to try, make mistakes, and try again.

The plan

The first filming stage will take part in Europe from January to March 2014 (see map). The actual itinerary will be flexible enough to adjust itself to the proposals we receive, although we already have some places that we’d like to visit.

We plan to visit makers in their natural environments: labs, clubs, classrooms and workshops; show how they work; listen to their insights about knowledge, education, information sharing, art, creativity, only to name a few. We want to get to know what their motivations are, as well as their experiences and projects.

We seek to capture curiosity on film, but not as mere spectators; we want to take part in their events such as workshops or meetings, hackathons, etc. This way we will truly get a sense of how the culture of making and doing thrives in every place.

Why Europe?

In 2013, Franco Grassano, co-founder of Wazzabi, obtained a scholarship to study for a semester at TU Dresden, in Germany. Seeing this as an opportunity to meet other makers across borders we decided to get in touch with people who share these interests.

We decided to visit them in different parts of the world to get to know them and their stories, as well as sharing our own, as people who adopted making as a way of living. The question simply followed: “Why not film them?”

After hours of talking and thinking, the idea to document these meetings and make them available to the world took shape, and soon, Valentín Muro, also from Wazzabi, bought his flight ticket. From this point on, the project became a reality.

An open source documentary film

The footage, as we film it, will be uploaded to a repository where anyone will be able to download it and make their own cut. We want to enable everyone to tell their own version of the hackumentary, or their own take on this culture, if you may.

The repository will also be open for uploading, so that anyone will be able to film interviews and therefore expand the limits of the project to the entire planet. The ultimate goal of the hackumentary is to gather stories from every corner of the world so that the culture of doing and making can be shown in every language and scenery. The only way to achieve this is to genuinely open the project and make it as collaborative as possible.

Personal stories are what feed our own perception of reality, so the more voices that can be heard, the richer the story being told will get.

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Opening the project allows us to get to know experiences from people living in places that otherwise we would never reach.

The Hackumentary will be under the Creative Commons License Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 Internacional (CC-BY-SA).

A collaborative documentary

If you want to be a part of this or you think you can help us in any of the stages, you can send us your proposal, write us an email to hey@hackumentary.cc, or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

It’s likely that we will launch a crowdfunding campaign in early 2014, but for the time being, the project is self-financed by Wazzabi, and therefore, any help will be much appreciated.

What we have

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Tickets to the different destinations have been booked.

Equipment for interviews

We have a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm and 50mm lenses; a GoPro HERO3 with some nice accesories and a TASCAM Dr07 MkII for audio.

How can you help?

These are some of the things we need help with:

Technical equipment/advice

We have some, but anything helps. If you can’t lend or give us equipment, you can help us with advice based on your experience

Host us

Will you let us sleep on your couch, floor or spare mattress? Do you know someone who would?

Fund the project

You can help us cover the expenses. Needless to say, your name will be there in the credits.

Given the open nature of the project, we will publish every expense, not only to keep things clear with funders, but also to help everyone who decides to set themselves on a similar endeavour in the future, know what they are facing to.

The hackumentary will be funded with our own personal savings. Any outside funding will help us make this even better. If you have any doubts on how to collaborate, please contact us!.

Whatever you can think of, Let us know!

After the trip

People and places

— ‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
—’That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
—’I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.
—’Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
—’–so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.
—’Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’

- Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The road

The plan is to have a roadmap as flexible as possible, as to include every place where we can confirm interviews with the people who foster the culture of doing and making. If you’d like us to come visit your workspace and listen to your story, please let us know.

Who we are

Wazzabi fosters group learning and collective action while promoting autodidactism and the development of personal interests.

Wazzabi has started at the end of 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by strange mix of friends with backgrounds ranging from engineering and programming to music, arts, philosophy and even logic with the aim of spreading the culture of making and doing. With creativity as their axis, and curiosity and intrigue as pillars, Wazzabi intends to be a vehicle for  transforming ideas into actions.

Through workshops and lectures, and even producing electronic kits, Wazzabi encourages the reappropriation of our surroundings, claiming that errors are part of creative processes, that technology can empower us, and that a lack of knowledge should not be seen as an obstacle but rather as a motivation for learning and executing our ideas.

Wazzabi creates spaces where knowledge and experiences are shared through making and doing, promoting collective learning.

Wazzabis

These are the members of Wazzabi that will be  travelling Europe from January to March 2014.

Franco Grassano

Franco Grassano

Electronic Engineering student

He is interested in science, music and experimenting with electronics to combine them. Former alpine ski racer, he loves nature, hiking, ping pong and playing guitar.

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Valentín Muro

Valentín Muro

Public intellectual and technologist

He is dedicated to understanding how things work. He studies philosophy but works with computers. He’s an amateur-someone who loves what he does-, an enthusiast of the hacker ethic, and a fan of Batman.

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The Hackumentary on Pentaradio, c3d2′s podcast!

The Hackumentary on Pentaradio, c3d2′s podcast!

After our visit to C3D2 (Dresden, Germany) around mid-January, Blastmaster and Astro invited us to join in their monthly podcast, the Pentaradio. When the show started we discussed “hacker news”, ranging from the silly measures the UK’s government is applying to filter internet content to the events that happened at 30C3, the 30th Chaos Computer […]

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Day 0: We arrived in Berlin!

Day 0: We arrived in Berlin!

This is some assorted footage from the trip that Valentín made from Buenos Aires to Berlin, and that Franco made from Dresden to Berlin on December 24th to start shooting the Hackumentary. We recorded the music in a bedroom from the place where we’re staying in Berlin (down at Friedrichshain) with a TASCAM DR-07MKII. You […]

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