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Restarter profile: Meet Aboubaker

Tell us a little about yourself.

It was necessary that at some point something arises from nothing… and February 25, 1985 this world became my home, I suffered my share of all kinds of things… in terms of what you see now, I work as Aircraft Mechanic qualified for turbines aircraft (specifically, Airbus A320 family and Boeing B737). I had a background in materials science (Physics and Chemistry) at first, which I reinforced with a degree in automation and industrial IT, before finishing with a speciality in aeronautics and I do not plan to stop myself here…

I’m doing what I should do and I feel in my element but I always aim wider and further, to reach more people with what I do.

When did you start repairing electronics and electricals?

Since my young age, I had the chance to have a handyman dad (again, Aircraft Mechanic originally) we had a sort of workshop at home. My dad passed me the “want-to-decipher-any-system” virus but I recall my first multimeter I bought with my pocket money when I was still at college (pre-secondary school). It was to be able to repair ‘methodically’ a “Sharp” radio receiver. I didn’t really succeed, I screwed up the SW band (laughs) the second attempt was for a video game console (Sega Saturn). I managed! But after it was stolen from me!

Why do you attend Restart Parties?

Here in Tunisia, it’s a friend of mine, Rehab Hazgui, who took the initiative to launch these events, a concept that we did not have before she founded “El Fabrika“. I liked the idea as soon as she told me about it. I attend as a “Restarter”.

I like to help to revitalize and repair things but mostly I love to share knowledge, teach and learn from others… we must always preserve the ability to be astonished.

All people obviously need food. And love and tenderness.

But there is another thing we all need: this is to know who we are and why we live. Systems around us can help in designing the answer. (smile)

What is your favourite kind of repair?

All repair attracts me but I mostly prefer “fake failures” that manufacturers have already made possible in their planned obsolescence strategy. I see in it a kind of resistance.

What do you do when you are not Restarting?

Fixing my brain/soul, hahaha. Reading, observing everything around me and try to maintain a “happy” life in all this. What this is isn’t always obvious. But it is an everyday challenge.

I learn from everything and everyone…

What frustrates you (in life)?

When I have nothing to wish for and do not want anything at all.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The alarm clock on my bedside table, I hate it! No, seriously, it is to be alive at least for those who love me and the idea that I still have the ability to “CREATE”… even the stroke of a pen on a piece of paper.

What’s the first thing – one material thing – that you could not live without? (besides oxygen, food, water, and shelter and medical care)

The SKY! Open Sky

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