Clay mushrooms

More work on the Borrowed Scenery game project and a first screenshot, experimenting with different visual styles. I'm trying modelling clay to get a 3D look on the fungi and using Theun Karelse's mockup characters for player avatars. The floor is being built out of map tiles of Ghent pulled from OpenStreetMap, using the OpenLayers API which has been pretty fast to get running.

FoAM Newsletter Summer 02012

The summer season is a time for us at FoAM to take a few steps back from our busy routines to engage in uninterrupted creative endeavours, including some revitalising fieldwork. Two broad and eclectic questions will be taking centre stage in the coming months: how do we prepare for uncertain futures, and what would a plant-inspired culture look like?

Patabotany

For a while now we’ve been using the term ‘patabotany’ to describe a hybrid between ethnobotany (the study of cultural, spiritual and medical uses of plants) and Alfred Jarry’s 'pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions. In projects PARN and groWorld, patabotany is becoming a colloquial term. Our online game germinationX and the foraging app Boskoi are currently in the process of being brought into the 'pataecology.

Agave sculpture

Christian Thornton's summer residency at FoAM, to prototype an agave-and-glass sculpture.

Inner Garden

A new composition by Stevie Wishart, for human and vegetal voices, as a tribute to Hildegard von Bingen's Viriditas.

Arboreal identity

FoAM and Z33 invite Heath Bunting and An Mertens to discover how to create a legal identity for trees

Human-Plant Interactions in Borrowed Scenery

In his essay ‘Plan/Plant/Planet’ Terrence McKenna suggests that plants should become organisational principles for human society in the 21st century. At FoAM we’d like to test this premise through an Alternate Reality Narrative (ARN). In Borrowed Scenery we will conduct experiments with an alternate reality (past, future or parallel) where plants are a central aspect of human society. We hold up the magnifying glass to reveal ...

Artist transiency

FoAM’s ‘artist in transience’ Dougald Hine will set out this summer to wander Europe as a guild journeyman: collecting stories, learning, connecting and contributing to resilient cultural initiatives along the way.

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