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 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.
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.
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).