From hot-rodding to circuit-bending, hardware hacking has always been sexy. But what happens when hackable resources become scarce? Can you have my Speak & Spell only when you pry it from my cold, dead hands?

Robert Cruickshank is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist. His work in various media including electronic, kinetic, and robotic installations, sound art, electroacoustic music, and photography have been exhibited in Toronto, and internationally. Much of his work is associated with InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre in Toronto, where he has developed a number of hands-on workshops for artists using electronics, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. When caught playing with battery-powered toy animals, or looking at cats and hot rods on the internet, he will defend this as research.

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