The Institute of Culturetronics – Chapter 1: South Africa

By Henrik Nieratschker

The Institute of Culturetronics is a framework for an ongoing number of projects and design activities that look at the intersections of local culture and modern technologies, discussing issues of technological development and adaptation as well as the local problematics and opportunities that come with them.

Through the lens of democratised technologies and the maker and DIY electronics movement it explores real and possible local approaches to technology in a globalised world to show the potentials that can occur when technological development is considered from this perspective.

The project presented is a first exploration into this discourse. The prototypes are based on personal observations from a  5 week research trip to Cape Town, South Africa.

The full project is documented at