Open Call Transformaking 2015



Calling all thinkers and tinkerers to be a part of the first International Summit on Critical and Transformative Making!

TRANSFORMAKING 2015 is a summit that brings together makers, scientist, hackers, bricoleurs, researchers, artists, designers and other interdisciplinary practitioners from across the globe in a series of Residency and Research Program, Symposium, Exhibition, Fair, and Satellite Projects. It will be held from August 10th to September 20th, 2015.

As with many other societies, Indonesia has a distinct maker culture that goes back centuries. The rise of collective movements in the network culture following the digital revolution — with associated terms such as DIY (do-it-yourself), DIWO (do-it-with-others), open source, maker and hacker spaces — only reinvigorates and replicates traditional production practices at the grass-roots level: verbal passing of knowledge both vertical (between generations) and horizontal (among community members), voluntary communal division of labour, inventiveness to overcome limited infrastructures, driven by the need to find solutions for a better life rather than personal profit. Our forefathers were the genuine makers.

The burgeoning maker movement has been receiving growing recognition as it demonstrates great potential to address concerns and provide innovative solutions at a local, citizen level where established socio-political systems fail. As the makers and associated maker culture come into contact with large industries, they run the risk of being reduced into commodities. A critical attitude is essential to keep the maker movement genuine with lessons from our forefathers in mind and catalyze practices create solutions and sustainable implementations in a process of transformative making — or Transformaking.

This summit aims to:
–    Create a forum for all stakeholders to discuss views, practices, questions, and issues in the realm of critical making movement
–    Exhibit projects that create tangible, transformative solutions at a citizen level
–    Produce usable tools and define dissemination strategies for catalyzing local transformations globally

Submission Categories

We are accepting proposals for the following programs:

  1. Transformaking Residency and Research Program
    Projects will be selected for on-site residency and research in various locations in Indonesia for one (1) month prior to the festival. Participants will present the results upon return at the festival. Projects utilizing local materials are encouraged.
  2. Transformaking Symposium
    Participants will present their paper for ten (10) minutes and participate in round-table discussions on the subject of their paper.
  3. Transformaking Exhibition
    Participants will exhibit their artworks (any medium) in one joint venue. Organizers will provide technicians to assist with artwork installation.
  4. Transformaking Fair
    Workshops can be in any format and can be conducted either in the venue or at public places. Organizers will assist participants who propose to conduct off-venue workshops. Organizers will provide basic audio-visual equipment; participants are responsible for other specific equipment and materials.
  5. Transformaking Satellite Projects
    This category is open for site-specific projects in the Yogyakarta province area by any community or institution.

Submission Criteria

We are seeking projects that demonstrate the process of transformative making with a critical attitude through:
1.  Researching and identifying PROBLEMS at grass-roots level
2.  Developing a PRODUCT to address said problems
3.  Engaging in COLLABORATION with local communities to improve the product
4.  Generating SOLUTIONS that are applicable and reproducible in real-life contexts

Projects should cover one of Transformaking subject areas:
1.  Energy
2.  Food & Agriculture
3.  Health
4.  Disaster Mitigation
5.  Transportation
6.  Education
7.  Aerospace
8.  Communication


  • Download the submission form below and fill out all the questions
  • Please include in your submission:
    – Submission form
    – Your project proposal (if any)
    – Transformaking Fair only — Projected duration, location, and technical details requirements of the workshop
  • Participants may be involved in several activities regardless of their proposal category. Discussions and other knowledge sharing activities with local communities in Yogyakarta and satellite locations are encouraged.
  • Limited support is available for travel and accommodation costs. We will assist with support letters and documents should you wish to seek funding independently.

Submission Closed

Submission Closed (updated 22th July 2015)

Selection period: July 1 – 20, 2015
Notification of acceptance: July 25, 2015 (updated: 26th June 2015)

Transformaking 2015 is organized by HONF Foundation & CATEC (Culture Arts Technoloy Empowerment Community) in partnership with r0g, The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS), Common Room, Crosslab, and Nicelab