Egglab is an online computer game in which players search for hidden eggs against different backgrounds to help scientists make new discoveries concerning camouflage and its evolution. The game has been featured in The Economist, The Guardian and Popular Science and has been played by over 40,000 people.
f0amfr0th is a series of events organised by FoAM and whoever happens to be visiting the organisation. The events have an open format that can range from a theoretical talk to chill out rooms, from improvised networked performances to orchestrated bio-chemical experiments. Spontaneity, improvisation and informality are keywords that will grant access to this programme to the public and anyone interested in the process of working in the field of art and technology.
Living at FoAM for nearly two weeks in June 2015, Stacey, Adam, Fiona and Ivy will explore Japanese animism. Taking the lead from Isabelle Stengers’ claim that words like “animism,” “magic,” and “belief” have been compromised by the rationalistic split between fact and fiction, their time at foam will be spent looking for ways to reclaim animism for the technological world.
Lies (40) and Adriaan (2) Declerck are the hosts at FoAM in Brussels for one week, from the 21st to the 27th of August 2013. They will cook for FoAM-ers and for guests. They will use the FoAM library as their cookbook and source of recipes and inspirations. Throughout their residency they will ferment, knead and bake one sourdough bread and read one book cover to cover: Michael Pollan's Cooked. Connection is the primary focus of this residency: connection between ingredients, organisms, people and generations.
Along with little Dante, Daniela Porras and Luis Canseco are two visual artists based in Oaxaca, Mexico, where they also run an afternoon art school for children up to ten years old. An exhibition of Luis’s work is currently on show at the Musee de los Pintores Oaxaquenos. Both Daniela and Luis actively participated and exhibited at the Fiesta del Maiz y Maguey in Oaxaca in November 2012. As family in residence at FoAM Brussels as the EITC project draws to a close, they explore the cultural impact of the meeting of two continents – Europe and the Americas – nowhere more pronounced than in the contrast between the cities of Oaxaca and Brussels, despite the ongoing process of globalisation.
In 2010 FoAM expanded its residency programme to include people of all ages. The first experiment was having a “Family in Residence” (FIR), welcoming Alex Davies, Alexandra Crosby and their young son Luka Davies for a three-month residency at FoAM in Brussels. The experience was extremely positive and we concluded that it is an experiment worth continuing. FoAM’s burgeoning intergenerational residency programme, combined with Alex and Ali’s experiment in parenting, has produced some interesting results.
Sarah Neville and family are in residence at FoAM for 3 weeks in October 2013, firstly at Castello Parenzana near the legendary town of Motovun in Istria and amidst the urban landscape of Brussels. In company with her 5 month old daughter Florence and together with Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney, Sarah is investigating ancient and contemporary myths formed from making meaning of natural disaster. Sarah’s husband Matthew and 4 year old daughter Miranda are contributing to the project remotely from home in the Adelaide Hills in Australia. Miranda is sharing her understanding of the natural world through creative storytelling and painting and Matthew is participating by responding to the concepts emerging at Castello Parenzana through an exploration of sound.Residency report: http://lib.fo.am/research_report_parenzana
FoAM’s family-in-residence for the Resilients is the Simpsons (Mark, Lea, Scarlet and Delilah), living at FoAM Brussels for two weeks in June and July 2011. A resilient culture of the future might come to include children in the working lives of adults. For the duration of the residency, we look at how are FoAM’s daily activities influenced by the continuous presence of two little girls in the studio in Brussels.
An exploration into screen-less programming languages for teaching children programming, explaining the complexities of weaving, and livecoding performances. Recently featured on the Adafruit blog, Flotsam is a flexible prototype made out of driftwood for figuring out what this sort of programming could be, based on a Raspberry Pi.
Future Thinking for Social Living is a collaboration between researchers at Falmouth University and independent research organisation Foam Kernow and residents and staff at Miners Court extra care housing scheme in Redruth, Cornwall. Using crafts, storytelling and accessible technology, this project explores ideas about how our wellbeing might be improved by making - sometimes small - changes to the ways we live. We start the pilot by engaging in making activities, conversations and presentations in order to talk about and reimagine together what home is and what makes a home.
Jo Garrett joins us for a residency to focus on modifying the sonic kayak system to record underwater sound via the hydrophones, and possibly incorporating on-boat data analysis. Mapping underwater sound on a fine-scale has not yet been done, as the existing technology has been limiting - the hope is that the sonic kayaks will make this new form of environmental research possible.
Jo was a human in residence at FoAM Kernow in 2016. She trained as an architect, has an NVQ in Constructed Textiles (Basketry), and worked in public engagement for the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. Jo is now doing a PhD merging biomimicry, basketry and material computation, a project that she hopes will be of interest to artists, architects and transdiciplinary thinkers.
Shelly Knotts is returning for a second residency under our Humans in Residence programme. Shelly will work on Molecular Soundscapes - a Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence project bringing together computational chemistry, structural biology, scientific programming and sound art with the aim to generate an audiovisual installation and set of musical scores, that use computational chemistry data to generate content.
Invisible Worlds Residencies are a collaboration between the Eden Project and FoAM. Three residencies were chosen to take place throughout 2018: Disintigrated Rock by Rosanna Martin, ...and then we see if we will be friends by Katharina Hauke and Till Bovermann, and Ferment! by Hoon Kim, Sean Meaden and Elizabeth Fortnum.
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