'Luminous Green' is a series of gatherings about the world. About the world that supports life today and about the possible worlds that can support more luminous life in the future. With these events, the interdisciplinary laboratory FoAM calls upon the creative sector to enrich the public debate around environmental sustainability, ethical living and eco-technology.
A collaborative site for discussions and engagement of the Luminous Green community is an active repository of articles and references, as well as an archive of past events. Feel free to browse, edit, append and comment on the existing pages, or add new and related content.
This site is used as a workspace and knowledge base for developing the next series of events, as well as furthering those new projects and initiatives which sprouted from the encounters in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
A new Luminous Green gathering is in the making, currently planned for the second half of 2010 in Belgium. The gathering will bring together people thinking about, and working on ways to adapt to a life in turbulent conditions. More information will be available on this site.
Two Luminous Green workshops took place in California in 2009, one looking at issues surrounding the desert habitat and the other engaging the student population of University of Santa Barbara.
The workshop was lead by Marko Peljhan and his colleagues from UCIRA and UCSB.More information can be found here.
FoAM designed an afternoon of discussions and a workshop in Singapore, at the end of July 2008. Both events are coproduced with ISEA 2008. The Luminous Green panel is an open discussion forum, in which we examined the themes of ISEA 2008 under the lens of environmental and social turbulence. The workshop encouraged transdisciplinary discussions and collaborations between people from all walks of life. Artists, designers, academics, activists, social entrepreneurs economists and policy-makers whose practice incorporates ecological thinking as a core value, or as a major concern.
The workshop and panel was facilitated by Maggie Buxton and Maja Kuzmanovic Invited participants: Alok Nandi, Andrea Polli, Angelo Vermeulen, Brian Degger, Drew Hemment, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Maggie Buxton, Maja Kuzmanovic, Marko Peljhan, Matthew Biederman, Melentie Pandilovski, Nik Gaffney, Nina Czegledi, Raewyn Turner, Tapio Makela, Thomas Laureyssens, Vladimir Todorovic and others.
The Luminous Green Panel was conducted in collaboration with the Urban Climate Camp led by Drew Hemment.More information can be found here.
The first Luminous Green series took place in and around Brussels during the spring of 2007. Consisting of a symposium, an expert gathering, a hands-on workshop and an open lab, all the events promised new and intriguing directions for many participants, as well as for FoAM. We are happy to report that many 'unholy alliances' have been formed and many animated discussions about integrated approaches to issues of ethics, creativity and sustainability are underway.
Several luminous photographers captured many of the fleeting moments during the events in 2007. You can find FoAM's collection here and a pool of images from several participants here (if you have any photos from the events, please feel free to add them to the growing collection).
If you'd like to be kept up to date about the upcoming Luminous Green activities, please send a message to info.at.fo.am
A problem cannot be solved by people who are concerned with only one
or another of its parts. To the extent that the consciousness of
everyone is not fundamentally transformed, pollution will not cease.
-- Masanobu Fukuoka
More information: info.at.fo.am