Casa Jasmina

A visit to the Internet-of-Things House Arduino (and activist Jasmina Tesanovic) Built

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  1. A few years back at #SXSW, I heard Bruce Sterling talk about the Casa Jasmina: an open source makers playground in the same refurbished Fiat factory in Torino that houses the folks who make the Arduino / Genuino. The idea is to create an alternative, artistic, Internet-of-things and open-source-design populated space, eventually to list on AirBnB, but for now hosting makers-in-residence who build things for the house and publish the plans on github. This isn't the "smart fridge" vision of the Internet of Things -- that is to say, not the commerce-soaked excuse for the stacks -- Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple -- to find more ways to peer into your preferences and patterns to sell you stuff while they sell your data. This is seditious, digital counterforce disruption at its best. And damned if it doesn't have a sense of humour to boot.
  2. Jasmina at work. Do not mess with feminist peace activist techno-revolutionaries if you know what's good for you.
  3. Rearrange a set of friction and gravity shelves with futurist legend Bruce Sterling at Casa Jasmina in Torino? Yep, I can tick that one off my bucket-list.
    Rearrange a set of friction and gravity shelves with futurist legend Bruce Sterling at Casa Jasmina in Torino? Yep, I can tick that one off my bucket-list.
  4. Now, how do we get more Makers & Activists (Maketivists?) into creative collaboration to co-create even more disruptive technologies and artworks? These two worlds need more collision, more collusion, more common space to dream out loud. Let a thousand Casa Jasminas bloom, say I.
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