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Accesslab Ingredients Research May 24, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

For the Accesslab workshops this week, Hoon has devised a menu with a mix of cultivated and foraged ingredients. The workshop is all about helping people to access peer-reviewed scientific literature to benefit their work and artistic practices. We've spent a bit of time applying the same process to the ingredients that Hoon has chosen for the food he will make for the events.

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Tasting Tomorrow May 12, 2017, 11:19 a.m.

Tasting Tomorrow is a series of futuring workshops about food as a manifestation of Maltese and European diversity. Together with local experts and enthusiasts we explored the question "What might a thriving food culture in Malta look like?" We searched for answers in the mapping of interesting food initiatives, through designing divergent scenarios and prototyping speculative dishes and artefacts. Since all futures are rooted in the present, we wondered what was currently emerging or changing in Maltese food culture. How could these changes propagate in a range of possible futures?

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Viruscraft Workshop 1 May 3, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

The first workshop for Viruscraft is now complete – merging biologists with craft practitioners and researchers, we began to prototype a tangible interface game to understand why viruses infect some hosts but not others. This blog covers the event and our notes for future events.

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Penelope: a new 4 year weaving project April 24, 2017, 10:05 a.m.

In 2015 the "Weaving Codes:Coding Weaves" project was a chance to investigate a whole bunch of new things: building new forms of hardware, make tangible programming interfaces, taking the long view on technology and investigating other digitally based societies, such as the Inca with their Quipu knot databases.

This work has fed into so many new projects that it's great to be able to announce our participation in the new Penelope Project working with Ellen Harlizius-Kluck, Flavia Carraro, Giovanni Fanfani and Alex McLean and  for a much longer, in depth development of this research until 2021. 

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FoAM digest - Spring 02017 April 6, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

The budding energy of early spring enticed us to bring out some vital news from across the FoAM network. The last year has been turbulent both within the microcosms of our studios and in the macrocosms around us. This has only strengthened our determination to continue evolving our network as a distributed, anti-fragile entity. In this aperiodic digest we weave together the threads of the various activities that our nodes are currently engaged in towards that end.

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Shelly's sonification residency April 4, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

During my week at FoAM I worked on the project Molecular Soundscape which I am developing with chemists at Newcastle University. The aim of the project is to develop sound based work which can accompany visualisations of protein dynamics both to communicate the process of drug design to non-specialists and to aid scientists in analysing the effects of experimental drugs on specific proteins. The scientists I am working with have a long term goal to develop drugs to tackle Alzheimer's disease. The data they are working with relates to proteins present in the human brain affected by the disease. 

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Tanglebots for young people with autism April 4, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

An overview of our Tanglebots workshop, re-developed for young people with autism and their families, together with the Cultural Minds research group fromt he University of Exeter. What we did to adjust the workshop format, what worked and didn't work, and changes we'd recommend others make if they run similar events.

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Dwelling in Liminality March 30, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

The core team of FoAM bxl started our macrotransiency with the new moon in February 2016. We carved out a year to lay fallow and pursue things that “there isn’t time for”, to explore the unknown and embrace the unexpected. In this blogpost you can find traces of our transition processes and pointers to rabbit-holes in the shape of our year-long transiency journals.

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The Lab Approach March 28, 2017, 11:16 a.m.

Improving the health of the ocean is one of the urgent, complex problems of our time. The threats to the marine environment and by extension to human wellbeing are too entangled for simple single-issue solutions. Another approach is to observe and interact with the ocean from multiple perspectives, to imagine, experiment and learn from failure. This is the essence of the "lab approach" – enabling accelerated systemic innovation while reducing risk. While there are many different types of labs, most share a few key aspects. Labs conduct experiments. Labs foster emergence. Labs evolve through collaborative creation and peer learning. Labs cultivate unique mindsets, values and cultures. 

This blogpost is a summary of a longer article, recently published on Medium and the Libarynth.

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Jo's Sonic Kayak residency March 24, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Today is my final day of my week-long residency with FoAM Kernow. Amber and Dave had already developed a Sonic Kayak system which allows a paddler to listen to underwater sound, and sonified temperature changes, in realtime. I did my PhD on underwater noise in Falmouth Bay assessing the impact of a wave energy converter so when I heard about the Sonic Kayak I was pretty excited! The plan for the week was to get this system recording the underwater sound data for use in scientific data analysis.



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