Publications

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

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

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

Growing self representational life forms & some dusty software archaeology

Sometimes you stumble over a dusty collection of source code you haven't thought about for years and can't even really remember writing. This article is about a bit of software archaeology, Moore’s law and procedurally generating alien lifeforms.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2016
Authors: Dave Griffiths

Relative advantages of dichromatic and trichromatic color vision in camouflage breaking

This publication results from our Egglab and Project Nightjar citizen-science games. When searching for clutches of eggs – which were more variable in appearance and shape than the adult nightjars – the simulated dichromats learnt to detect the clutches faster, but were less sensitive to subtle luminance differences.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2016
Authors: Dave Griffiths

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

This publication is part of Charlie Ellis' PhD, which was co-supervised by FoAM Kernow. Here we assess lobster population structure at a fine scale in Cornwall, southwestern UK, where a hatchery-stocking operation introduces cultured individuals into the wild stock, and at a broader European level, in order to compare the spatial scale of hatchery releases with that of population connectivity.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2016
Authors: Amber Griffiths
Type: Book
Year: 2016
Authors: Anna Maria Orrù
Attachment: Organoleptic Interfaces: Exploring Embodied Methods in Foodscapes

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

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

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