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

Dust & Shadow Reader #2

The Dust & Shadow reader #2 explores attunement as a proposition for engaging with the world, Earth-bound environments and their inhabitants, in a continuously changing field of relationships.

Type: Book
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney
Attachment: Dust and Shadow Reader vol. 2

Dust & Shadow Fieldnotes

The Dust & Shadow Fieldnotes were collected over the course of two years during three fieldtrips in the deserts of the North-American Southwest. They are written as a panexperiential travelogue through the landscapes of the Anthropocene.

Type: Book
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney, Ron Broglio, Adam Nocek, Stacey Moran
Attachment: Dust & Shadow Fieldnotes

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

dust & shadow 12"

A sonic exploration of the desert, condensed into 12“ vinyl. The album contains two 18 minute speculative tracks — “dust” and “shadow”. It is packaged with dust, sand and detritus collected from the Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin deserts which can be used for further physical manipulation and divergence from the recorded sound matter.

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

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

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

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