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HOME: About the Tinker Factory


he Tinker Factory is a lab for interdisciplinary technology created by Renate Ferro. An extension of Ferro's artistic studio and practice, tha lab nurtures interactive, technological, cross-disciplinary research by engaging in collaborations.

The Factory: Andy Warhol’s studio in the 1960’s was referred to as “the factory.”  The space was a platform for both practical work and conceptual innovation.  Ground breaking creative energy was characteristic of the factory, which became a meeting place for artists, musicians, actors, and many others.  It was an open, collaborative meeting place.

To Tinker:  “Tinkering is what happens when you try something you don't quite know how to do, guided by whim, imagination, and curiosity. When you tinker, there are no instructions — but there are also no failures, no right or wrong ways of doing things. It's about figuring out how things work and reworking them. Tinkering is, at its most basic, a process that marries play with inquiry.”                                       __