Call to ‘Make It Yourself’

Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Manchester Art Gallery present:
Make It Yourself


Make It Yourself is an exhibition of inventive Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects to accompany the major solo exhibition Recorders by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at Manchester Art Gallery between 18 September 2010 to 30 January 2011.

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A rapidly expanding community of people worldwide is taking advantage of new, cheaper technology and a growing pool of shared knowledge to make things for themselves – useful things, clever things, silly things, unique things. Make It Yourself is a ‘small but perfectly formed’ show of a handpicked half-dozen of these hand-made devices.

We are now accepting submissions of existing Arduino and DIY electronic-circuitry projects from artists, hobbyists, hackers, DIY musicians and anyone interested in making things for themselves wishing to exhibit their work as part of Make It Yourself.

We are looking for pieces that reveal and demonstrate:

  • unique devices born out of imagination or happy accident
  • how everyday artifacts actually work
  • custom-made tools born out of a frustration that nothing else quite does the job
  • modified consumer products that now do something their manufacturers never conceived of.

Overall we are looking for inventive projects that demonstrate a wide range of function and form, simplicity and complexity, humour and intent.

We expect creators of selected works to provide a project ‘info pack’ of design schematics, component lists, code and step-by-step assembly instructions.

Deadline: Monday, 13 September 2010.
Notification: Friday 17 September 2010.
Download: application PDF (right-click and “Download Linked File” or equivalent)


The exhibition will also feature creator ‘making as performance’ sessions, public ‘hands- on’ workshops, ‘Instructables’ guides, a collation of local and online resources and a bit of ‘hacking’ and ‘modding’.

A small selection of exhibition contributors will be invited to Manchester Art Gallery in October 2010 to ‘remake’ their piece in the exhibition space – the process being filmed as a time-lapse for later playback throughout the exhibition and photographed for the exhibition ‘Instructables’ guides. These ‘remade’ versions will be added to the exhibition space for visitors to interact with.

Openlab Workshops will run a number of practical workshops at Manchester Art Gallery inspired by this exhibition and aimed at a range of audiences.

Once the exhibition has opened, a secondary and local ‘Call for Modification’ will collate and realise ideas which hack and modify the original works – as a practical demonstration of the ongoing and unpredictably enjoyable evolution of communally shared ideas and projects.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders and Make it Yourself are supported by Arts Council England. Cybersonica’s contribution to Make It Yourself is supported by the PRS Foundation –

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