Biochymickal Arts (notes and references)

The Biochymickal Arts workshop resulted in a voluminous and multifarious stream of notes, images, plastics, pickles, cultures, gestures, fragments, curious digressions, partial examinations and open questions – some of which can be found in the following links.

Biochymickal Arts (day three)


Day three of the Biochymickal Arts workshop led us to improvise and speculate on closing waste loops with biomaterials, alternative approaches to intelligent biological systems, and the politics of DIY biology in a post-biopunk era. More detailed notes can be found on the libarynth.

Biochymickal Arts (day two)


The second day of the Biochymickal Arts workshop found us discussing and exploring the often tacit languages and gestures of fermentation and their many "cultures" across environments and habitats, as well as fermentation and metabolism, essence and code. Detailed notes can be found on the libarynth.

Obstinate lump: a microresidency in dough

Both of us (Bridget Currie and Chloe Langford) had independently used dough in varying forms in our artistic practices before our microresidency at FoAM. Chloe had mostly used salt doughs without yeast, and Bridget had explored commercial yeast and sourdough. Our interest in working together sprang from shared ideas about dough as a medium: dough resists neatness and control; an aesthetic of the unmade, lumpen and formless. It is an …

Smoke & Vapour

We beginnen langzaam aan met de voorbereidingen voor Smoke & Vapour. We experimenteren met warm en koud roken in de Big Green Egg en The Smoking Gun, lezen over de geschiedenis van de barbecues en mythes over stoomgeesten, brainstormen over de inhoud en vorm van het diner.  Smoke & Vapour wordt een proefavond waar een speciaal ontworpen menu van kleine gerechten op een verrassende manier gecombineerd wordt met geïmproviseerde muziek …

Looking back at Improving Reality

Last week Nik and I travelled to Brighton, UK for Improving Reality, a conference exploring the question: "How are artists, technologists and writers subverting our notion of reality?" This year's focus was on the systems and infrastructures that shape our world, as well as reimagining realities of the near and far future. The day was filled with thought-provoking concepts, projects and critiques of the status quo. For both Nik and me the conference was marked by strong …

De oogst van een kookresidentie

Hoe valt een week huisvrouw spelen te rijmen met 'kunst'? Dat heb ik me gedurig afgevraagd. Voor ik moeder werd, beschouwde ik 'alles huishoudelijk' (koken incluis) als te banaal en te rolbevestigend om er tijd aan te verspillen. Ik heb geschreven, getekend, gefotografeerd, video-installaties gemaakt en ge'performed', tentoonstellingen geconcipieerd – en nu ik voor een kunstenaarsresidentie word uitgenodigd, ga ik… koken?!

Sphaerae, Total Recall, Future Fabulators, Improving Reality

The first week of September seems to be filled with grandiose titles at FoAM. We invite you to join us for Improving Reality in Brighton, Total Recall in Linz and/or follow our activities of Future Fabulators, a new collaborative project exploring the interstices between future studies and narrative.

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