FoAM Newsletter Summer 02014

The earth’s unstoppable orbit around the sun, combined with the obliquity of the ecliptic, are two astronomical facts that we at FoAM Brussels find impossible to ignore. It is due to their combined effects that we now experience “summer” in the northern hemisphere, and we very much hope you agree that this is an excellent excuse to bring you our latest, summer newsletter. In the following digital pages we ...

Library Salons

In the spring we started hosting library salons, which have seen a diverse and highly entertaining crowd who never failed to surprise in their selection of reading matter. The salons are low-key public events where each of us choose a passage to read from one of the books in our library. While some of us carefully prepare our readings beforehand, others read out from a book chosen on the spur of ...

Experimental futures

In our guise as a speculative culture laboratory we've been circling around the field of futures for several years now, but it was only from the beginning of 2014 that it became a central focus for FoAM in Brussels. Our interest in futures has been steadily growing through earlier works (such as Resilients or Luminous Green) that explored what it might mean to live with uncertainty – be it environmental ...

Interstitial Cultures

From its early beginnings as a cultural department in scientific research institute, FoAM has positioned itself as a refuge for edge-dwellers, people living and working at the interstices between disciplines and cultures. The edges between art, culture, science and technology have continued to be our main focus, although we remain curious about any unexpected alliances. Our long and visceral experience at the interstices has come to the fore on several ...

Foodscapes, today and tomorrow

It’s no secret that the relationship between food, health and the environment is close to FoAM’s heart. We could say that this relationship is rather healthy within the microcosm of our studios – but looking beyond our front doors and gardens, it seems clear there's quite a bit of work to be done. So we were pleasantly surprised when curator Amanda McDonald Crowley approached FoAM in Brussels to design an ...

Hosting

Hosting, hospitality and nourishing are just a few words that our visitors and residents tend to use when describing what makes the culture of the FoAM network unique. The most obvious expression of FoAM’s hosting culture are our residencies, but over the years this culture has spilled across most if not all of our activities. Even though hosting comes naturally to most of us at FoAM, we realised that it’s ...

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