Dust & Shadow


Dust and shadow is FoAM's contribution to a transdisciplinary research and residency programme at the ASU (Arizona State University), exploring environmental issues specific to the desert of the North-American Southwest. We combine philosophical inquiry with experiential futures and technological arts to explore existing and potential relationships between people and the desert. We hypothesise that in order to mitigate the effects of climate change (and other environmental uncertainties) fundamental lifestyle adaptations are needed. Changing light-bulbs or driving electric cars can be a start, but technological fixes alone can't tackle the complex systemic challenges in the region. The substrata that give rise to prevalent worldviews must be re-examined too, the myths and counter-myths underlying current and emerging lifestyles. By addressing the mythical underpinnings of contemporary life in the Sonoran desert, we invite emotional engagement with abstract concepts, such as desertification, panpsychism or attunement. We design participatory experiences and experimental publications, as evocative propositions for re-alignment of urban and desert ecosystems.

Work in progress: on the libarynth

"Perhaps we’re after a humanist (or at least humane) view without anthropocentrism, balancing on a fine edge between social constructivism and social engineering. Moving from social contracts to a natural contract. From value to valuation (of matter, of ecology, of experience…). From sequential decisions to layered selections. From static matter to a space of operation. From the frame to framing. From facilitating to communing, catalysing and spawning. How do we decentre without falling into the abyss of nihilism? Finding a place of care, empathy and conviviality within the contemporary worlds. Increasing the porousness between interiority and exteriority. From the space between the cells to the space between the stars. Animism, animation, re-animation." (Field Notes)

In collaboration with The Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), Laboratory of Critical Technics (LCT) and the Synthesis Lab of the Arizona State University (ASU).