Publications

Dust & Shadow Reader #1

A commonplace book about living in the desert. The Dust & Shadow Readers are self-published collections of writings and bibliographic wandering designed to accompany our speculative experiments with the Laboratory for Critical Technics in and around the deserts of Arizona.

Type: Book
Year: 2018
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney, Adam Nocek, Stacey Moran, Ron Broglio
Attachment: Dust and Shadow Reader vol. 1

Terrafictions

The work of care in the Anthropocene is a struggle with scale and scope and sentience. Maybe in order to care across spatial and temporal scales — to care for a loved one as much as for an eroding hill or decaying infrastructure — we need alternatives to the current cultural imaginaries. We need new stories to live by. New or alternative myths, drawn from ever more diverse mythologies. Terraforming, for example, can be understood as planetary engineering, composting or home making. Humankind has been terraforming earth for millennia, and before leaving the planet to terraform the solar system and beyond, it might be wise to focus on terraforming our internal landscapes first...

Type: Web Article
Year: 2018
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

Ephemeral Garden

The Ephemeral Garden evokes the sense of convivial gatherings under a pergola. The murmur of conversation, complemented with the sound of animate matter. Recorded and composed in Istria during May 2018, this piece is part of FoAM’s sound installation presented at the Croatian pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Type: Audiovisual
Year: 2018
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

In anticipation of things already present.

FoAM's views on futures, uncertainty, attunement and transformation. This article is adapted from FoAM's lecture-performance at the "Anticipation 2017".

Type: Web Article
Year: 2018
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic

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

Fieldguide to Random Forests

Research and essays from the programme with contributions by Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney, Ian Ingram, Driessens/Verstappen, Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Michelle Gerearts, Tivon Rice, Jan de Graaf, Jeroen van Westen, Antti Tenetz, Jacqueline Heerema, and others..

Type: Book
Year: 2018
Authors: Theun Karelse
Attachment: Fieldguide to Random Forests

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

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

nightly build - the passage

nightly build is a tiny A7 sized photocopied zine that fits in the palm of your hand so you can always carry it with you. It is a collaborative collection of thoughts, writings, prose, poetry, drama, problems, solutions, images, photos, drawings, circuits, concepts, interpretations, illustrations, dreams or philosophical fragments about the theme of this issue — the passage.
People who collaborate receive a freshly printed zine straight to their letterbox. You can find a digital version for printout or e-reader in the attached documents.

Type: Book
Year: 2018
Authors: Johannes Buch, Greta Muscat Azzopardi, Maja Kuzmanovic, Theun Karelse
Attachment: nightly build - the passage screen

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