Gardening in Isolation

The last months in isolation in Italy have provided a time to seed, watch, grow, and transform. This post is an homage to the seeding done during the pandemic and the harvest from these seeds of hope.

As systems crumble...

Ever since the Yugoslav war in the 1990s, I've got border issues. When the borders began closing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic I had a strong sense of déjà vu. Will the pandemic become yet another catalyst for violence and fragmentation? Just another reason to solidify borders and create distance from the other, the foreign, the uncanny and the unknown?

A checklist (moving house during a pandemic)

'Stay home', 'Shelter in place', 'Self-isolate'. Such instructions can only make sense with an appropriate place to stay. So, what would constitute a good shelter during a pandemic? A shelter that could become a home? Alongside the usual practicalities of location, cost or available services, what are some of the less tangible aspects to pay attention to?

Will this burn down my house?

Tracing our paths in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic led us to challenge what or where is considered 'home', and what our homes could become.

Memory Practice #2

How did pre-literate cultures store the vast amounts of information their cultures needed to thrive; the knowledge about their environment, the beings that surround them and how to live there as a people? I'm trying out some hands-on experiments and this is how its been unfolding this spring.

AccessLab pandemic style

Making an AccessLab event work online. This post covers changes we made to the workshop format, what worked and what didn't, and what we'd do differently next time.

Off-grid micro scale manufacturing – part of a COVID-19 response in Cornwall

For some time we have been prioritising tools and processes that can be reused for different purposes in times where infrastructure is failing. Part of our COVID-19 response to the above problems has been to refit a small garden shed with a solar power setup (from our Sonic Kayak workshops) so we can run one of our CNC machines more or less unsupervised*, slowly churning out small parts for our ...

Neuf pistes de tarification équitable

This article invites to think beyond a fixed universal price for products/services. It lists 9 ways you can play on pricing to shift the relationship between provider and customer, and possibly make your offer accessible to a broader and more diverse audience.

S'auto-former à l'ingénierie engagée

In many engineering schools, the divide is growing between students and staff about the room left to sustainability in the curriculum. At EPFL, a small group of students and alumni organized a self-training on appropriate technologies. This article details how we proceeded... and links to the replay of our self-training sessions, if you are interested!

To care, to cure, to comfort (pandemic remix)

A condensed remix of some our thinking around care and uncertainty. Dedicated to all the carers near and far. In hospitals and quarantine, on delivery trucks and behind the grid, on the emptying streets and inside their homes... To all those providing essential services and all those in isolation or lockdown. To all who care. To all...

Viruscraft 2.0

We're redesigning Viruscraft for a new project on virus and host co-evolution with Dr. Ben Ashby at the University of Bath. This post explores the options we're considering and why.

Comment je collecte et traite l'information

As a FoAMy generalist, I tend to focus on edges between fields rather than focusing on a single one. This means that I collect a lot of information from many different sources, and then weave it together. But how can one manage this variety of information and sources? This is a question many generalists have at heart.

Happy to share how my (highly imperfect) information system work, and happy to ...

Memory Practice

How did pre-literate cultures store the vast amounts of information their cultures needed to thrive; the knowledge about their environment, the beings that surround them and how to live there as a people? I'm trying out some hands-on experiments with encoding knowledge in the environment and objects.

FoAM digest - Autumn 02019

Hello Earthlings, and welcome to another of FoAM's semi-seasonal digests, composed with beings, places and things we care about. We write as humans (mostly) in a beyond-human world, continuing to seek alternatives to the tenacious (yet crumbling) status quo, engaging with people, cultures and technologies across the fickle currents of time. 

Spectres in Change. Fieldnotes #2

Reflections on landing and leaving as artistic practices, based on our fieldnotes from the island of Seili in the Archipelago sea. How to land in a place is a perpetual question for those of us who live and work nomadically or trans-locally. Landing could be seen as a ritual beginning with a place and those who call it home.