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FoAM Kernow

Based in a converted warehouse in Falmouth, Cornwall at the southwest tip of the UK, FoAM Kernow is a non-profit organisation inhabiting the spaces between society, research, education and policy.

We enable people to develop creative and confident relationships with science and technology, merging our experience in science, programming and design in a broad range of transdisciplinary research and education projects.

Our projects range from creating games to engage people in scientific research or explore issues surrounding online privacy and political change, to providing scientists with exciting ways to reach out and talk to people, and giving local primary school children and teenagers new ways to learn programming.

FoAM Kernow's work has been featured in The Economist, BBC's Click programme, The Guardian and Thinking Digital and has won the Soil Association's innovation award 2014 and the 2011 VIDA award. We have written for The Guardian and The Conversation on the rapid changes happening in research and education, and are committed to fostering a culture of free software, creative commons and open access through our work.

See our personal sites: Amber Griffiths, Francesca Sargent, Dave's blog of art and programming, and Alex's making music with text[ure].

Contact us at kernow@fo.am and we have a mailing list for news on events and workshops.

FoAM Kernow is registered in the UK as a non-profit organisation (Company No. 09073427) Fork our articles of association on github.

Our 2014-2015 activity report is available here.

Betablocker

BetaBlocker is a livecoding performance and a piece of software. It's a virtual acid techno machine which is live coded with a gamepad ...

Al Jazari

Al-Jazari was an influential scholar and engineer who lived at the beginning of the 13th century, this project was inspired by his robot musicians ...

Scheme bricks

A way to livecode visually, by plugging in and tearing off bits of code. Currently being tested as a visual programming language for music ...

Naked on Pluto

"an on line videogame that reflects on the invasive means used in the development of “social software”. The game starts when the user subscribes ...

The Bicrophonic Research Institute

An artistic, musical and technological research initiative founded by Kaffe Matthews and Dave Griffiths and joined by many bicrophonic artists exploring the conjunction of ...

Code Club

Code club is a UK wide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Since the start of 2013, Dave Griffiths ...

The Farm Crap App

A sustainable agriculture project designed to help farmers make the most of their manure (slurry, farmyard manure and poultry litter). It's a smartphone ...

Project Nightjar

Citizen science games and online experiments for Project Nightjar, one of the Sensory Ecology Group’s studies, based at the University of Exeter (Cornwall ...

Mongoose 2000

A behavioural research tool for use in remote areas lacking reliable internet connectivity or power. Developed for the Banded Mongoose Research Project at Exeter ...

Butterfly Mimicry Game

How do butterfly wing patterns evolve? The Heliconius Butterfly Wing Pattern Evolver is a game where you take the role of a hungry bird ...

Teaching with Minecraft

We have developed a free software programming environment and set of teaching projects based on Raspberry Pi and its freely available version of Minecraft ...

Egglab

Egglab is an online computer game in which players search for hidden eggs against different backgrounds to help scientists make new discoveries concerning camouflage ...

Symbai

Symbai is a project in collaboration with Dr Shakti Lamba who studies the evolution of sociality and culture in humans. She collects detailed networks ...

Flotsam

An exploration into screen-less programming languages for teaching children programming, explaining the complexities of weaving, and livecoding performances. Recently featured on the Adafruit blog ...

Bumper Crop

Bumper Crop is is a social impact board game based on the experiences and challenges of being a smallholding farmer in India. The game ...

Weaving Codes

What happens when we apply a five-thousand-year-long view of technology to programming? What are the parallels between investigations into weaving as thought and livecoding ...

Biohacking

We are interesting in forging more effective links between science and society - so far much of this has happened through citizen science projects, which ...

Open Sauces Notebook

The Open Sauces Notebook is...

Pattern Matrix

The pattern matrix is a tangible weavecoding system for exploring the connections between code and weave. Developed as part of the AHRC funded weavecoding ...

Human in Residence

If you'd like to spend a bit of time working at the FoAM Kernow studio, whether it's a few hours or a ...

Human in Residence: Jo McCallum

Jo is a human in residence at FoAM Kernow. She trained as an architect, has an NVQ in Constructed Textiles (Basketry), and worked in ...

Human in Residence: Christiane Berghoff

Christiane Berghoff is a human in residence at FoAM Kernow. She works with craft, sustainable materials and meditation
 

Human in Residence: Matt Creasey

Matt Creasey is a human in residence at FoAM Kernow. His work spans behavioural ecology, theatre, science communication and customised education.

 


 

Dazzle Bug

Dazzlebug is an open source citizen science game made with Laura Kelley and Anna Hughes at Cambridge University to see what patterns are most ...

UAV toolkit

The UAV toolkit is an experimental application for making use of your smartphone's sensors for airborne science. It's main purpose is using ...

Future Thinking for Social Living

Future Thinking for Social Living is a collaboration between researchers at Falmouth University and independent research organisation Foam Kernow and residents and staff at ...

Livecoding

Livecoding is an emergent performing art in which software writing is improvised in realtime in front of an audience that can watch every keystroke ...

HapStar

Haplotype Networks and Minimum Spanning Networks are commonly used for representing associations between sequences. HapStar is a tool for viewing both types of networks ...

Cricket Tales

Cricket Tales is FoAM Kernow's latest citizen science project, with the Wild Crickets research group at the University of Exeter. The Wild Cricket ...

The General Opinion

The General Opinion offers a place to share and discuss the role of art in each of our lives. It is a dumping ground ...

Sonic Kayaks

The Sonic Kayak will be a musical instrument with which to investigate nature. Kayaks rigged with underwater environmental sensors will generate live music from ...

Red King

Turning information into sound can be a way to experience patterns in data differently in order to gain new insights. We're working with ...

Germination X

Computer games allow us to adopt new lives and see the world from different perspectives. FoAM has been working for a number of years ...

Borrowed Scenery

Borrowed Scenery is a story about an alternate reality (past, future or parallel) where plants are a central aspect of human society. Weaving through ...

Doris

DORIS is a research tool designed for sampling and mapping European lobsters (Homarus gammarus) in the marine environment. DORIS exists as an Android smartphone ...

Spork Factory

Computational matter is a research area concerned with self organising material comprised of large numbers of processing units, able to communicate with each other ...

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Hapstar: automated haplotype network layout and visualization

Haplotype Networks and Minimum Spanning Networks are commonly used for representing associations between sequences. HapStar is a tool for viewing ...

Smartphones in ecology and evolution: a guide for the app-rehensive

A paper on the use of smartphone software in citizen science and reserch tools published in Ecology and Evolution.

Data sonification for citizen science

We're working on two sonification projects at FoAM Kernow - Red King and Sonic Kayaks - so have started looking into ...

Cricket Tales released

Cricket Tales is an ambitious citizen science project. 438 days of CCTV footage from the Wild Crickets Research group - the ...

A 6502 lisp compiler, sprite animation and the NES/Famicom

For our new project "what remains", we're regrouping the Naked on Pluto team to build a game about climate ...

Red King and crowd computing

We've started a new project called the Red King. Researchers have developed models of host and parasite evolution, and ...

slub Penryn->NYC live stream 25-03-02016

A streamed slub livecoding performance from FoAM Kernow, Penryn to source2016 at NYU, 35 w4th st, Manhattan.

A tanglebots workshop report

I've tried a lot of different ways of teaching children programming, starting a few years ago with primary school ...

Sonic Kayak open hacklab

This week we welcomed sound artist Kaffe Matthews and marine researcher Dr. Kirsty Kemp to FoAM Kernow to begin our ...

Artificially evolved camouflage

As the egglab camouflage experiment continues, here are some recent examples after 40 or so generations. If you want to ...

Sonic Bikes to Sonic Kayaks - using puredata

When I first started working on the Sonic Bikes project with Kaffe Matthews in 2013 I had just moved to ...

Tanglebots workshop preparation

t's workshop time again at Foam Kernow. We're running a Sonic Kayak development open hacklab with Kaffe Matthews ...

How to warp a tablet loom (/neolithic digital computing device)

Tablet looms have some interesting properties. Firstly, they are very very old - our neolithic ancestors invented them. Secondly they are ...

Red King: Host/Parasite co-evolution citizen science

A new project begins, on the subject of ecology and evolution of infectious disease. This one is a little different ...

Machine Wilderness Workshop

The Kernow and Amsterdam studios of FoAM hosted a collaborative 2 day workshop in Falmouth bringing together 25 participants from ...

NightScience 2015

These are notes from the NightScience event in Paris, July 2015. This was a two day free and open event ...

Making science accessible – moving beyond open-access

Much of our work at FoAM Kernow occupies the interstices between science, arts, and education. We've been spending time ...

How to make an organisation like foam

Over the last six months I've been taking a crash course in company formation, treating it like any other ...

Biohacking and yeastograms

As university researchers fall foul to increasing metric and bureaucratic demands, time and energy for creativity is ever decreasing. At ...

FoAM Digest Winter 02015

Greetings from FoAM’s wintry studios. The weather is still chilly outside, but the atmosphere at FoAM is warming up ...

Foam Kernow mini update

A short update on the things currently going on at Foam Kernow alongside the stuff I've been blogging about ...

Symbai field test in India

Some photos from Shakti Lamba who is currently testing Symbai in the Chhattisgarh state in north eastern India. Symbai is ...

Robot nightjar eggshibition at the Poly, Falmouth

As part of this year's Fascinate festival we took over the bar at Falmouth's Poly with visualisations of ...

Interstitial Cultures

From its early beginnings as a cultural department in scientific research institute, FoAM has positioned itself as a refuge for ...

Bumper Crop

Bumper crop is an android game I’ve just started working on with Dr Misha Myers as part of the ...

Solar powered computation

This is a Raspberry Pi running a Racket Servlet (with the Mongoose 2000 data sync server) serving a webpage to ...

DORIS on the high seas

Yesterday was the first test of the full DORIS marine mapping system I'm developing with Amber Teacher and David ...

Doris: Lobster mapping

Doris is a new project that has emerged from the development of Borrowed Scenery's Zizim app, repurposed into a ...

Hapstar graphs in the wild

Some examples of graphs that scientists have created and published using Hapstar, all these images were taken from the papers ...

Hapstar version 0.7

Hapstar has achieved some popularity in the genetics community, the paper has currently racked up 13 citations, including one for ...

Germination X at Loading Bar, Falmouth, UK

Where better for doing a game focus group test than in a games cafe? We had a fantastic turn out ...

GerminationX: soil conditions, glowing plants and empathic spirits

The last week has been a fairly intense code sprint on Germination X, based on feedback from the second focus ...

Germination X: Intelligent butterflies etc

Over the last couple of weeks Germination X has managed to attract 70 players picking and planting in a permaculture ...

Germination X: player progression and surprises

Slowly Germination X gets less like a prototype and more like a full game, lots of new stuff this week ...