Fixers’ Collective NYC is a group of folks dedicated to working together to fix things – encouraging improvisational fixing and mending and fighting planned obsolescence. FC began as a part of the Mend exhibit at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, and continues as a Project In Residence at Proteus.
We meet regularly for “fixing sessions” where people bring in something broken and we work together to try to fix it or creatively reuse it as something else. Our group includes “Master Fixers” who have a lot of knowledge and experience in fixing, apprentices who are looking to learn, and drop in visitors who come to fix socially or see what we’re up to.
Our goal is to increase material literacy in our community by fostering an ethic of creative caring toward the objects in our lives.
The Fixers’ Collective seeks to displace cultural patterns that alienate us from our things, by collectively learning the skills and patience necessary to care for them. Intentionally aligning itself with forces generated in reaction to the current economic crisis, the Fixers’ Collective promotes a counter-ethos that values functionality, simplicity, and ingenuity and that respects age, persistence and adequacy.
The Collective also encourages participants to take liberties with designated forms and purposes, resulting in mended objects that may exist both as art and within a more limited, utilitarian context.
In 2010, we did a Kickstarter campaign and we have been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. If you haven’t received your prize yet, don’t despair – we’re working on it!