The DIY workshop
a project by Vishal Rawlley
supported by Open Space

 

This project wants to encourage young people to use DIY methods, innovative thinking and a creative approach towards resolving everyday challenges, community issues and social problems.

DIY refers to the ethic of self-sufficiency: the ability to build, repair or hack, machines, devices and software to suit individual or community purpose. It is the desire for an economy of mutual aid and co-operation, the commitment to the appropriation of digital and communication technologies for free community purposes, and the commitment to alternative technologies. This is in direct opposition to the increasingly visible trends of mass-production, conspicuous consumerism, waste, and the industrial corporate philosophy of planned obsolescence.

DIY culture seeks to reconnect people with hands-on activities and the aesthetics associated with them. It employs the language of crafts, while pushing them beyond traditional boundaries, either through technology, irony, irreverence, and creative recycling, or by using innovating materials and processes. The DIY movement is about using anything you can get your hands on to shape your own cultural entity: your own version of whatever you think is missing in mainstream culture.


During this project I shall be working with various youth groups to conduct DIY projects and exercises. Some of the groups that I have been working with and some of the projects in progress, are listed below:
GROUP 1
IVth year Architecture students from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, take a course in DIY Urbanism, July - Dec 2012
GROUP 2
People from art, design and media come together to make a public intervention at Hauz-i-Shamsi - a historic pond in Delhi, Nov 2012
GROUP 3
Students of Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur, participate in a DIY Doll Circus, 28Jan - 1Feb 2013
GROUP 4
D.Noise Design Festival hosted a workshop on 'Creating Interactive Installations using Ubiquitous Technology', 24 - 25 Jan 2013
GROUP 5 
Students of Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur, participate in a 'Sign Wear' workshop, 4 - 8 March
GROUP 6 
Vth year Architecture students from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, take a course in DIY Urbanism, Jan - April 2013