FoAM Newsletter Winter 02012

Winter greetings from FoAM, amidst virtual snow and the sudden electric bloom of Christmas lights. As the year draws to its close we look back over some intense months of production amidst gardens of (un)earthly delight, the titanic florescence and demise of superpower plants, picaresque peregrinations on foot, pedal, and unmanned aerial vehicle, not to mention ever-expanding spheres, spaces and spaceship imaginaries of future pre-enactments… while also looking forward ...

Concealed tangential architrave (Ship's log 12/12/12)

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After a few hours the majority of the crew seems to be arriving (mind lag) The first casualty happened, although not too serious. Boo has been violated by rats. The doctor keeps him sedated while the agave wound heals. In the mean time, the craftsmen are building Boo-sized rat traps that he's wearing while hibernating (sun has disappeared, so his energy levels are low. The flotilla needs a kitchen ...

Dougald Hine, Journeyman: an interview on transiency and cultural resilience

Dougald started a transiency at foam in July 2012, exploring the role of the Journeyman and what this could mean to the Resilients Guild. His travels took him to interesting places and conversations across Europe, reflecting on cultural resilience, travelling and the absurdity of foresight. This interview was taken while reflecting in Rab, Croatia in July 2012 in the middle of his transiency.

Verken je stadsgroen

Borrowed Scenery - Transitiefestival - Verken je stadsgroen

Urban ecologist Geert Heyneman takes us on a path to understanding the richness and diversity of (edible) plants in the city and the possibilities of urban farming on the small scale.

Plant stories walk

Vanessa guided us through Gent with compiled anecdotes full of botanical, homeopathic, architectural and humorous information about Gent's trees. An interview with this chatty lady about her passion for trees and her city for the curious souls…

Hanging

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With a big dose of energy and imagination, we reflected and improvised on the idea of "hanging" with several aspiring and ambitious young patabotanists, exploring new concepts and practices where movement, play, art and the unexpected came together. The stages of the workshop were to

  1. create hanging plants
  2. hang our plants in trees
  3. observe them carefully and in turn try to hang like plants ourselves - mimicking their movements and state ...

Seeker [DV1]

Angelo Vermeulen recently won the prestigious Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award. For the exhibition Angelo created a community art project with engineers, artists and enthousiasts from Deventer called ‘Seeker’: an evolvable spaceship sculpture which operates as a nomadic framework enabling communities to reflect on the future of human survival and habitation.

Biomodd [NYC4]

The next-gen Biomodd: bigger, better, mutated, hacked, entangled, fully edible.

Biomodd is a shifting global collective of artists, scientists, thinkers, and makers. Biomodd aims to build art installations that reimagine the relationship between nature and digital technology, and seeks to create symbiotic relationships between plant-based ecosystems and computers. The most recent iteration of the project, Biomodd [NYC4], takes advantage of a three-tiered international community. It does so by capitalizing on ...

Interview with Christian Thornton

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Christian Thornton is a glass artist and the artistic director of Studio Xaquixe in Oaxaca. For the Fiesta de Maguey y Maiz, he has been working with Bartaku (FoAM) to create Nube del Oro, a glass sculpture that will entwine with a maguey (or agave) plant in Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden. Shelbatra Jashari interviewed Christian during his visit to Brussels as one of the EITC’s artists in transience.

Doris: Lobster mapping

Doris is a new project that has emerged from the development of Borrowed Scenery's Zizim app, repurposed into a scientific research tool in collaboration with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at Exeter University and Helsinki University. Doris – named after the sea nymph in Greek mythology – will be used for mapping lobster catches on fishing boats so researchers working at the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow ...

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