Using ethnographic methods, Anne Schmitz and Andreas Hepp investigate in the essay "The limits of the Maker ideology: local Makerspaces, experimental practices, and COVID-19" how the COVID-19 pandemic affected two makerspaces and discuss the limits of the ideological foundations of the maker movement. The objects of investigation are an eLab with a location in Berlin and a Makerspace in London. Both makerspaces shifted their activities to the internet, but differ in their commitment to Corona-specific projects: While the Berlin eLab decided not to get involved due to legal and practical problems, the South London Makerspace produced face shields using 3D printing and laser cutting techniques. Despite the different approaches of the two Makerspaces, Schmitz and Hepp find that the pandemic shook the Maker ideology in both cases - both on an individual and macro level.
The essay appears in the 2nd issue of volume 36 of Continuum. Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, which is now out in print.
The essay is publicly available at the following link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10304312.2021.2003755