Community and the Tools of Knowledge

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This evening Erik Zepka will present an introduction to the concepts and practice of science when it is brought into a more communal and democratized space. The hackspace paradigm of a group like the Open Science Network operates as a technological community centre for investigation that is less about exclusivist progression and more about education and access to more common modes of experimentation and research. Taking a panoramic view from the ideas of laboratory researchers like Hans Rheinberger and Erwin Chargaff, to clinician-thinkers like Ludwik Fleck and Georges Canguilhem, to philosophers of science like Isabelle Stengers, Ernst Cassirer and Gaston Bachelard, an intellectual and practical history will be offered that travels from pre-classical forms of science and technology to contemporary models, with attention to how knowledge implementation has evolved in our post-industrial world. Finally a number of examples will be given of current science hackspace activities, along with an invitation to help create new projects via The Open Science Network, our community lab space hosted at the Maker Labs in Vancouver.

This quarterly meetup series is focused on highlighting educational projects facilitated by local teachers, museum staff, coders, librarians, artists, hackspace members and enthusiasts across Vancouver, followed by brainstorming, food and hacking. Also speaking this evening will be John Biehler, the organizer of 3D604 (a local 3D printing community organization), where he will talk about 3D printing applications in healthcare.

The event is hosted by BCIT where The Open Science Network will be collaborating with the Maker Education Salon and the BCIT Student Association's Career Cafe. The evening takes place at BCIT Burnaby Campus' Professors Mugs pub.


Erik H Zepka (erik rzepka, ek rzepka, xoxoxcom, xoxox) is a conceptual media artist, curator, poet, scientist and theorist who critically explores the practice and consequences of science and technology. He has shown his work globally whether as artist (Nabi Museum, Pikselfest, Videographe, ISEA), theorist (Furtherfield, Transfer Gallery, Publication Studio, VIVO Press), or poet (GAMMM, Dusie Press, Unlikely Stories, Otoliths, W, Critiphoria, Zinhar) and given talks as a scientist (Vancouver Hackspace, the Mini Maker Faire, the BIL Conference, Innovation Labs and Curiosity Collider) and interdisciplinary researcher (the SFU Institute for the Humanities, the Group of X, Neutral Ground, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and the Modern Language Association Conference). He has worked in collaboration with such artists as Pauline Oliveiros and Stelarc, has curated shows for a number of galleries including Unit/Pitt, Quinary Arts, COINfest, The WRONG Biennale and VIVO Media Arts Centre, and conceived and co-founded the community research society the Open Science Network. His project ties all these strands together into an experimental project based at, further documented at Interdisciplinarity meets concept where the fallout of technoscientific advancement is explored in a capitaloscene program tied closely to process and performance.