FoAM digest - Winter 02016

As winter storms slowly begin their metamorphosis into spring blossoms around FoAM's European studios, we invite you to join us as we image the hybrids that could germinate between man-made systems and wilderness, weaving and programming, oceans and people, stillness and uncertainty.

Tanglebots workshop preparation

It's workshop time again at Foam Kernow. We're running a Sonic Kayak development open hacklab with Kaffe Matthews (more on this soon) and a series of tanglebots workshops which will be the finale to the weavingcodes project.

Instead of using my cobbled together homemade interface board, we're using the pimoroni explorer hat (pro). This comes with some nice features, especially a built in breadboard but also 8 touch buttons, 4 ...

Braakliggen

In 2016 wordt Doing Nothing een van FoAM's prioriteiten. Doing Nothing is FoAM's praktijkgericht onderzoek waar we tijd en ruimte scheppen om te zien wat er gebeurt als we onszelf toelaten om te stoppen en te kijken. Gelinkt aan onze artistieke missie gaan we dit onderzoek in 2016 op ruimere schaal doorvoeren: we zien dat jaar niet alleen voor de betrokken medewerkers en kunstenaars als een tijd voor bezinning, maar ...

Cornwall prototype #2

The 13th and 14th of November 2015 the first FieldRobotics workshop was held in Falmouth, in Cornwall in collaboration with FoAM Kernow. This post describes the design for a robotic hybrid creature by the group led by Judith van der Elst.

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Cornwall prototype #1

The 13th and 14th of November 2015 the first FieldRobotics workshop was held in Falmouth, in Cornwall in collaboration with FoAM Kernow. This post describes the design for a robotic hybrid creature by the group led by Amber Griffiths.

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Meandering to the Frontyard

Like peculiar migratory birds–ones that go backwards–Alex, Luka and I found ourselves at FoAM again this winter for the celebration of surviving 2015 and six years of being a little family.

How to warp a tablet loom (/neolithic digital computing device)

Tablet looms have some interesting properties. Firstly, they are very very old - our neolithic ancestors invented them. Secondly they are quite straightforward to make and weave but form an extremely complex structure that incorporates both weaving and braiding (and one I haven't managed to simulate correctly yet) - they are also the only form of weaving that has never been mechanised.

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