Gambiarra: Repair Culture

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, in partnership with the Qatar-Brazil Year of Culture at Qatar Museums, is pleased to host MFA Designer in Residence Felipe Fonseca. Fonseca will present his lecture “Gambiarra: Repair Culture”.

Felipe Fonseca explores the popular practices of Gambiarra and Mutirão in Brazil, demonstrating how social creativity is latent in virtually every human activity. Through the lenses of Gambiarra, critical issues of the maker culture will be addressed – in particular the tension between fabricating new products and dealing with non-degradable objects that have been created over the last centuries. 

Fonseca is an activist and independent researcher in the fields of digital culture, free and open technologies, collaborative networks, participatory society and local development. Fonseca serves as a consultant to the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the United Nations Development Program, advising on public policies for digital culture.

He is one of the founders of the MetaReciclagem network (2002) a self-organized network that proposes the deconstruction of technology for social change. Fonseca worked in the conception and planning of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture’s Pontos de Cultura project (2003/2007), where he also coordinated the implementation of the digital culture strategy.

Fonseca currently lives in Ubatuba along the São Paulo coast. In 2008 he established Ubalab, an experimental lab focused on the crossroads of free/open technologies, environment and society. He currently teaches at Tancredo Neves Technical School and is the chairperson at Gaivota FM, a community radio station.

Fonseca attended the University of Campinas where his dissertation investigated networked experimental labs in contact with free/open source communities. He will be in residence in the MFA in Design program at VCUQatar from November 2-13, 2014.

Lecture Dates

5 Nov


Free - Open invitation


VCUQatar Atrium