Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Author: Dave Griffiths

Thriving in Uncertainty

Thriving in Uncertainty discusses the uses of idleness and inhabiting transitions in and beyond the world of arts and culture.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2015
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic

Het verlangen te kunnen omdenken

Een burn-out ontstaat wanneer de kloof tussen je eigen diepe overtuigingen en de overlevingspatronen van je dagelijkse praktijk te groot geworden is. Daar waar passie en onmacht elkaar ontmoeten. Elk tijdperk kent zijn valstrikken, en uitgeput zijn is van alle tijden. Wat echter telt, is hoe we ermee omgaan.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2015
Author: Barbara Raes

Prehearsal Pocket Guide

This is a step-by-step guide to holding prehearsals for home futurists, distributed collectives and people with complex life-changing questions. It is a work in progress which has been tested with individuals and small groups, and will be revised and refined as more prehearsals are realised.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2013
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic