Publications

Dust and shadow. Field Notes #3

Notes from FoAM Earth's field trip to the Desertscapes of Arizona and Utah, marked by stark contrasts between heat and chill, adoration and dread, escape and extraction.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

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

Innovation: Taking Risks or Making Risks?

When we intervene in complex systems, our future-shaping actions are hard (or perhaps impossible) to predict. How can engineers, entrepreneurs and technopreneurs embrace complexity and uncertainty, in order to act in meaningful ways, whatever the future may bring? This article includes a series of suggestions, propositions and open questions.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

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

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

Comment faire soi-même... avec l'aide des experts

[EN] How citizen-driven research advocates ended up organizing a workshop with university experts?

[FR] Comment des avocats de la recherche autonome et citoyenne dans des laboratoires associatifs en sont venus à organiser un événement avec des experts universitaires?

Type: Web Article
Year: 2018
Author: Michka Melo

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

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
Author: Maja Kuzmanovic

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
Author: Michka Melo
Attachment: La science n’est pas réservée aux scientifiques

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