About the event
Following the success of the inaugural Festival of Maintenance in 2018, this September we reconvene in Liverpool to celebrate the work of maintainers.
This year’s Festival explores what maintenance means in complex and changing times, bringing together new stories about creativity, craftsmanship, and the challenges of maintenance.
The world around us is changing rapidly: mobile technologies, data and connectivity have become normal parts of work and social life, with profound impacts on society and politics. If the digital world is not separate to the real world, what does this mean for the way that things are maintained, fixed and cared for? Maintenance and repair are just as important as innovation, but sometimes these ideas seem left behind. Amidst the rapid pace of innovation, have we missed opportunities to design things so that they can be fixed?
This doesn’t only relate to everyday consumer objects, but also the massive, resource-intensive infrastructures for the internet and digital systems. Maintenance keeps things working – but the essential work of fixing, repair, care and upkeep of everything from public parks, databases to people and communities is often overlooked. Behind this are bigger questions about public values, the way our economies are changing, and the wider impacts on politics and society.
Thank you to these organisations, without whose support this year’s Festival would not be possible.
Maker Assembly is a gathering of makers. They aim to make a home for critical discussion about maker culture: its meaning, politics, history and future.
The Software Sustainability Institute is a national facility for building better software. We help researchers to introduce software into their research or improve the software they already use.
MakeSpaceLive is a project born out of a desire to stream the live events hosted at DoES Liverpool in the easiest and most open way. Our goal is to use Open Source hardware and software to build an online platform for makerspaces and others to collaborate.
Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.
Since 2004, IT Jobs Watch has published free demand-side labour market insights including technology skill set trends, salary/contractor rate benchmarking and real-time job vacancy statistics.
This year’s festival schedule
Saturday 29th September, The Fasion Hub, Gildart Street, Liverpool
Coffee and registration
Three talks to welcome our audience and highlight the surprising facets of maintenance.Watch on YouTube
We know that we need to maintain fragile things. But what about things that people don’t realise are fragile – from roads to CD-ROMS – and therefore don’t care for them properly?Watch on YouTube
Open Data 101: How to Create and Maintain Data in Collaborative WaysWatch on YouTube
Maintenance in a Climate Crisis
We are already experiencing climate crisis. The uncertainty around environmental factors means that in the future, our built environment will require a far higher value placed on maintenance than at present. Whilst maintenance falls outside many current economic models, what happens when we have no longer have the luxury to ignore it?Watch on YouTube
Cities and the built environment
Without continuous care and maintenance, urban systems – everything from transport, networked utilities, housing and green spaces – are prone to breakdown. Maintaining cities is a major task for technical experts and communities alike, and the priority given to this work reflects wider societal challenges.Watch on YouTube
Panel discussionWatch on YouTube