We’ve come to the end of the latest series of AccessLab workshops. This post is a debrief on how we’ve progressed and a review of the feedback.
The opening panel of the event on Art, AI and Everything Else, started with not knowing, ventured into augmented sociality, ancestral knowledge, corporate cyborgs, ecological intimacy and more. The video recording of the panel has recently been published by the Art Center Nabi.
A semester of fieldwork and embodied research practices, where design students dive into the world of a wild animal in their area.
We've repurposed our maypole robots so people can dance together safely (woven robots don't need to social distance).
Evaluation of the viruscraft game - what do people learn from playing it, and does it result in any misunderstandings? Also a summary of questions and answers from our virus Ask-Me-Anything session.
We’ve been awarded seed funding to pilot a new system to encourage and facilitate scientific researchers to work with their local councils, providing on-demand advice on scientific issues to fit the needs of councillors, and perhaps also passing on the skills to find and use scientific information.
A photo album weaving together FoAM's trajectories through the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of 02020.
A review of the FoAM Kernow studio's activities from 2020.
Joining the Tiny Mining sweatshop led by Martin Howse as a mineral exploration of the interior of the human body for rare earth and other mineral resources.
When engaging with art, AI and everything else, start from not knowing, start from where you are. A suggestion, a talk, and a series of questions for the 20th anniversary of the Art Centre Nabi.
A repetition is only interesting if it is a rehearsal.
How can immersive experiences stimulate engagement with printed books in a library? To answer this question we worked closely with the librarians at the ASU Library in Arizona, where we temporarily transformed a study room into the Dust & Shadow Acoustic Ecology Salon. Here's what the experience looked like from a librarian's point of view.
"...They also unmake them"
We are looking to appoint a Non-Executive Director for the FoAM Kernow studio for one year, to build our new advisory team.
First results from the field exploration of the multi-species futures in the Dutch river delta region, on invitation by the Embassy of the North-sea.
As this atypical summer in the Northern hemisphere draws to a close, we thought it timely to share what's been on our minds and in the works. To let you know how we've been, what we're up to and discuss some of our attempts at sensemaking while navigating uncertainty and these "turbulent times". Echoes from isolation, from a place reminiscent of The City and The City where "from that historically …
In this reflection on rewilding my professional life through experiments with birdsong, I meander through the structure of dawn chorus, my research on birdsong in composition and some ideas for my new work Gardez La Distance, alongside personal thoughts on living and working with nature, linking sound, habitat and physiology of the time and place.
In the proliferation of graphs and curves in recent months, finding meaning isn't always easy. When we see graphs as tools, reading them as sketches and summaries, they can be used to watch changes more closely, to better understand risk and uncertainty in chaotic situations. At FoAM we often use graphs to visualise and structure our participatory processes. One particular curve has been helpful in charting the evolution and various …
After successfully performing maypole dances and creating simple twists and weaves with hundreds of passers by at the Algomech festival in Sheffield, we noticed how much people like to interact with our woven robots - wanting to help or direct their actions by picking them up and trying to understand what they are doing.
As we are interested in tangible programming - where we move code from its conventional …
While processor speeds and the use of computation in our society have increased enormously, it is significant that the materials of electronics construction itself (discrete components soldered on to resin printed circuit boards) has been broadly consistent for well over fifty years.
The Penelope project is concerned with re-evaluating histories of textile technologies with mathematical and scientific thought. The emergence of “wearable electronics”, in particular inspiration from Penelope collaborators and …
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