Publications

Coding with Knots

In this paper we explore new ways to approach understanding of the mysterious Precolumbian quipus, using both visual and sonic interpretations. We base our investigation on the Harvard Quipu Archive, starting with graphical visualisation techniques that give us an overall view so we can compare textile structures and perform basic cryptanalysis. We use listening and sonification in order to filter and compare the different modes of data representation (knot type, colour, twist and material). This provides new ways to explore both currently understood and unknown patterns of meaning in quipus.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2017
Authors: Dave Griffiths, Julian Rohrhuber

Population genetic structure in European lobsters: implications for connectivity, diversity and hatchery stocking

In this paper we use genetics to see if lobsters form separate populations around the coast of Cornwall in the UK. This information is useful for conservation organisations which release hatchery reared young lobsters into the wild in an effort to replenish lobster numbers. If separate populations exist, they would need to be much more careful when choosing release sites. This research contributes towards evidence-based policy that is essential for improving the sustainability of fisheries.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2017
Authors: Amber Griffiths

A Lab Approach for Marine CoLABoration

Improving the health of the ocean is one of the urgent, complex problems of our time. The threats to the marine environment and by extension to human wellbeing are too entangled for simple single-issue solutions. Another approach is to observe and interact with the ocean from multiple perspectives, to imagine, experiment and learn from failure. This is the essence of the "lab approach" – enabling accelerated systemic innovation while reducing risk. While there are many different types of labs, most share a few key aspects. Labs conduct experiments. Labs foster emergence. Labs evolve through collaborative creation and peer learning. Labs cultivate unique mindsets, values and cultures.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2017
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic

FoAM has left the building...

A memoir of 'The Great Ephemeralisation of FoAM bxl', a conscious closure of 14 years of FoAM's studio on Koolmijnenkaai in Brussels.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2017
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic

Sonic Kayaks: Environmental monitoring and experimental music by citizens

The Sonic Kayak is a musical instrument used to investigate nature and developed during open hacklab events. The kayaks are rigged with underwater environmental sensors, which allow paddlers to hear real-time water temperature sonifications and underwater sounds, generating live music from the marine world. Sensor data is also logged every second with location, time and date, which allows for fine-scale mapping of water temperatures and underwater noise that was previously unattainable using standard research equipment. The system can be used as a citizen science data collection device, research equipment for professional scientists, or a sound art installation in its own right.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2017
Authors: Dave Griffiths, Amber Griffiths, Kaffe Matthews

La science n'est pas réservée aux scientifiques (professionnels)

[FR] Visitons ensemble un espace partagé où des citoyens développent par eux-mêmes les techniques nécessaires à leur vie quotidienne.

[EN] Let's visit a shared space were citizens develop technologies supporting their daily life by themselves.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2017
Authors: Michka Melo
Attachment: La science n’est pas réservée aux scientifiques

stillness

Stillness is a visual wandering, a series of stills from a world in incessant motion. Nik Gaffney's photographs, taken over the course of one lunar year, are observations on materiality and time at turns ethereal, evocative and timeless. In Stillness, organic abstraction emerges from algorithmic concreteness. Page after page, a non-linear filmic sequence appears through juxtaposition and transitions, a flow punctuated with meticulous effortlessness. Somewhere between a documentary, a study or an artwork, the book itself is a fleetingly material object, a simple call to partake in the radical act of noticing.

Type: Book
Year: 2016
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic, Timothy Morton

Enacting Futures in Postnormal Times

This paper discusses why working with futures is particularly relevant in times of social and environmental turbulence and suggests that a more widespread futures literacy can increase agency in uncertain conditions. We provide examples of FoAM’s works with experiential futures, to illustrate our experimental approach, aiming to bridge the gap between future visions and everyday life.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2016
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic
Attachment: Enacting Futures in Postnormal Times

GroWorld: Experiments in vegetal culture

At the intersections of culture, gardening and technology we can start to see how plants can become organisational principles for human society in the turbulent times of the 21st century. How do we encourage broader, longer-term cultural changes? What varieties of culture would be capable of forging symbiotic relationships between postindustrial human societies and the rest of the earth? How do we compost bitterness to grow beauty?

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2016
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic, FoAM

A new android smartphone app for geospatial mapping from drones and kites

This conference paper describes the development, testing and deployment of a free-to-use, open-source, android-based smartphone application for capturing geo-tagged aerial photographs for grass-roots remote sensing (RS) and mapping applications.

Type: Conference Paper
Year: 2016
Authors: Dave Griffiths, Amber Griffiths