Publications

Design and Futures

Design and Futures is a major collection of essays, manifestos, interviews and peer-reviewed articles, edited by Stuart Candy (Carnegie Mellon University) and Cher Potter (Victoria and Albert Museum), documenting 'design futures' discourse and practice around the world.

Type: Book
Year: 2019
Authors: Stuart Candy, Cher Potter, Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney, others
Attachment: Design and Futures

RADMIN Reader 2019

RADMIN Reader 2019. Edited, formatted, printed and distributed for RADMIN, Britain's first festival of Administration, Bristol, February 2019

Type: Book
Year: 2019
Authors: Feral Business Research Network
Attachment: RADMIN Reader 2019

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: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Tina Auer, Nik Gaffney, Tim Boykett
Attachment: Making things Physical

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

Ars Vitae Volume 08

Why, then, is it so difficult to remain in that state of calm and relaxed focus whether in work or in life? Why do we rush through life mindlessly, only to regret it? Do we have a tendency to fill up our plates with too many things? How can we take the time we need with the work and people we love without feeling chased? Is it a question of finding the right balance or do we simply need more rest? And if so, is it physical rest we need or is there something more to it? 

Type: Book
Year: 2019
Authors: J. Julianne Lee, Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney, others

Dust & Shadow | Redux

An audiovisual distillation of atmospheres, questions and conversations from FoAM's intermittent journeys into dust and shadow. Through the Sonoran, Mojave, and Great Basin deserts.

Type: Audiovisual
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

AccessLab: Workshops to broaden access to scientific research

We outline the AccessLab workshop format for decentralising research skills, creating new open access advocates, and building links between communities.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Amber Griffiths, Dave Griffiths, Aidan Weatherill
Attachment: AccessLab PLoS

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

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

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