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Resilients

Resilients are people of all ages preparing for uncertain futures by experimenting with resilient forms of living and working as a form of artistic practice. The Resilients project collects, creates, shares and supports these emergent practices, while grounding them in historic cultural roots.

Resilients’ core activities are five case studies, public experiments with materials, media and technologies in the context of endangered crafts, urban gardening, sustainable forestry, contemporary pilgrimage, and future preparedness. A programme of residencies, apprenticeships, workshops, gatherings and publications will allow a wide involvement of practitioners and enthusiasts across Europe and beyond.

Resilients Philosophy

For humans to thrive in uncertain, turbulent times, resilience is an essential tactic. We can never be certain about the kind of cultures that could materialise in the future, but we can speculate about how they could look. The Resilients project experiments with possible futures by applying whole-systems thinking to the integration of cultural traditions with emerging arts, sciences, design and technology. Through unexpected alliances between these fields, speculation becomes rooted in the real world. For a resilient culture to arise, a stable support infrastructure is required – open systems, cultural laboratories and knowledge pools. Resilients are committed to building this infrastructure, through a pilot project leading towards the formation of a Guild of Resilients.

A resilient system is both flexible and robust. It is continuously engaged in the delicate balancing act of growing and evolving, adapting to change and discarding unsustainable elements. Change is a never-ending process, becoming less predictable as our habitats, societies, economic and technological systems increase in complexity and become more interdependent. To respond to unpredictability, we can look at improving human ability to face and embrace change, whether perceived as positive, negative or neutral (e.g. the birth of a child, environmental crisis, or moving house). By integrating different approaches to developing resilience, we can strengthen the “immune system” of a culture as a whole.

Project partners: FoAM (BE), Central Saint Martins Textile Futures (UK), nadine (BE), Performing Pictures (SE), Projekt Atol (SI) and Time’s Up (AT). With the support of the Culture Programme (2007–2013) of the European Union and the Flemish Authorities.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a combination of volunteering, learning, assisting and growing. In addition to well-established student apprenticeships (also known as internships), people of all ages ...

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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 ...

Prehearsing the Future

At FoAM we wondered how we could “rehearse” a possible future before it came to pass. How we could experience ...

Resilients Handbook

On these pages you can find the reflections and working notes of the Resilients, people who imagine possible futures and ...

Words which Matter to People

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From the antipodean research retreat

How to imagine, discuss and rehearse a multiplicity of possible, probable and preferred futures? What do futures studies, improvisation, play ...

FoAM Newsletter Spring 2013

2013 spring newsletter banner Dear collaborators, colleagues and friends, along with the full bloom of spring we are pleased to bring you the latest ...

Resilients online

Resilients Splash We are pleased to announce the compilation of the Resilients online publication, representing the collected reflections and working notes gleaned ...

FoAM Newsletter Winter 2012

banner Winter greetings from FoAM, amidst virtual snow and the sudden electric bloom of Christmas lights. As the year draws to ...

Concealed tangential architrave (Ship's log 12/12/12)

121219-181221 After a few hours the majority of the crew seems to be arriving (mind lag) The first casualty happened, although ...

Dougald Hine, Journeyman: an interview on transiency and cultural resilience

Dougald started a transiency at foam in July 2012, exploring the role of the Journeyman and what this could mean ...

Stadsfestivals: kunst of kermis?

Laura Herman discusses Borrowed Scenery and the Buratinas taxi service in an an insightful article linking "two festivals in two ...

Rocket Boat Day: the winning boat and its float towards victory

IMG_0112 As it was lowered into the water, chants of ‘Courgette! Courgette!’ went up amongst the crowd. I was quite excited ...

Buratinas Taxi Service

Untitled Sailing down the canal in the silence of a solar-powered boat wasn’t something to shout about, I thought, preparing ...

Unmanned RT phase 01 – notes from the wild

resilients path In sweltering heat, over mountaintops and through forgotten valleys a team of hikers make their way, powered only by aromatic ...

summer update 02012

The summer season is a time for us at FoAM to take a few steps back from our busy routines ...

Resilients Travels

Resilients field trips as alternative modes of cultural travel

Artist transiency

FoAM’s ‘artist in transience’ Dougald Hine will set out this summer to wander Europe as a guild journeyman: collecting ...

Future Preparedness: pre-enacting possible futures

  FoAM's Future Preparedness case study for the Resilients project: on re-imagining and experiencing possible futures as artistic experiments.

Resilients Salon at "Burning Ice"

As the closing session of the Burning Ice festival, FoAM organised a Resilients Salon on vegetal culture. We wanted to ...

Hortus prehearsal

As a part of the Burning Ice presentation of Hortus, Patricia Portela and Christoph De Boeck invited FoAM to converse ...

Experimenting with Prehearsals

Our first scenario building and prehearsal exercise involved the core team of FoAM. We began by asking a question that ...

Scenario planning. Food and Architecture

Open House

Twenty-four artistic laboratories and alternative management offices in Brussels came together for the first time to showcase their research and ...

Future Preparedness – the art of the long view

With future prehearsals, we aim to model possible futures as participatory performances that grow out of scenario building exercises. We ...

The Guild and the Garret

The recording of the inspiring conversation between Dougald Hine and Ben Vickers, "The Guild and the Garret" at Timelab last ...

Resilients

FoAM and partners explore the potential for resilience through meditative inner development using the Naikan technique and by celebrating the ...

FoAM interview in MCD #65

An interview with Maja and Nik is featured in the recent issue of MCD – "L’INTERNET VOIT VERT / THE CULTURE ...

Resilients Naikan

“Naikan is a method of intensive self-reflection that can lead to more inner freedom and joy. A week of Naikan ...

Buratinas Taxi Service

  • Sep 16th 2012 to Sep 16th 2012

Buratinas is a project and a boat run by individuals from two Brussels organizations ...

Rocket Boat Day #2

  • Sep 15th 2012 to Sep 15th 2012

Rocketboat Day #2 promises a blend of backyard naval architecture, a tasty BBQ and ...