Publications

Dark arts, grey areas and other contingencies

Drawing on the dark arts, the domain where magicians and fortune-tellers commune with unknowable, faceless entities, we explore economic and cultural grey areas to reclaim tools of business administration as an artistic medium.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

The Art of Futuring

This text is intended to provide a brief introduction to working with futures as artists and culture makers. One of the central concerns is how and why Futures can provide useful methods for increasing agency and encouraging co-creation of our collective futures.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

Dust and shadow. Field Notes #3

Notes from FoAM Earth's field trip to the Desertscapes of Arizona and Utah, marked by stark contrasts between heat and chill, adoration and dread, escape and extraction.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

Innovation: Taking Risks or Making Risks?

When we intervene in complex systems, our future-shaping actions are hard (or perhaps impossible) to predict. How can engineers, entrepreneurs and technopreneurs embrace complexity and uncertainty, in order to act in meaningful ways, whatever the future may bring? This article includes a series of suggestions, propositions and open questions.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

An emerging viral pathogen truncates population age structure in a European amphibian and may reduce population viability

This paper shows for the first time that Ranavirus truncates the age structure of amphibian populations, and that this increase in adult mortality could heighten the vulnerability of frog populations to stochastic environmental challenges.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018
Authors: Amber Griffiths

A novel approach to wildlife transcriptomics provides evidence of disease‐mediated differential expression and changes to the microbiome of amphibian populations

We compared gene expression of frogs with and without epidemic disease, and by chance also find differences in the frog microbiomes indicating an interaction between the microbiome and disease.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018
Authors: Amber Griffiths

Thinking-with the swamp

The swamp doesn’t allow for a cartesian way of mapping, it doesn't allow to figurate it and give it a fixed identity. Connected bodies of water push their way into ever new sinks and streams. New spots of land are revealed, through drought or human intervention, while other parts flood and hide the pathways and places that were there before. Where the swamp starts and where it ends is processual. It doesn’t have clear borders but rather transient zones. As such, it is a liminal being, always becoming, always in-between.

Type: Conference Paper
Year: 2018
Authors: Ingrid Vranken, Sepideh Ardalani, Mihaela Brebenel

Data collection and storage in long-term ecological and evolutionary studies: The Mongoose 2000 system

We describe a system we have developed called Mongoose 2000 for the study of multiple individuals in the wild over many years.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018
Authors: Dave Griffiths, Amber Griffiths

Making Things Physical

In this paper we present a cross-section of FoAM and Time’s Up’s work with physical narratives (PNs), which draw upon experiential futures and experience design. We introduce PNs as explorable, multisensory spaces before discussing the importance of enabling social interaction. We describe a series of creative experiments with PNs to illustrate our approach to futures in an artistic context, including installations, exhibitions and festivals. We do not intend to provide a critical analysis of the design process, methods or implications, rather, the article offers a reflection on our motivations and insights. As an invitation to further dialogue between transdisciplinary fields, we conclude with a call for futurecrafting at a human scale.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic, Tim Boykett, Tina Auer
Attachment: Making Things Physical

Visualising the urban green volume: Exploring LiDAR voxels with tangible technologies and virtual models

Using waveform LiDAR data to measure the three-dimensional nature of the urban greenspace, we explore different ways of virtually, and tangibly engaging with volumetric models describing the 3D distribution of urban vegetation.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018
Authors: Dave Griffiths, Amber Griffiths