At FoAM’s studio in Brussels we collect books, media and materials related to our activities and interests. In our multi-sensory library visitors may read, view, listen and touch snippets of the culture that FoAM’s collaborators cherish. The most traditional part of the library is our hard-copy section which includes books, magazines, zines and pamphlets. It is an eclectic collection of scientific and philosophical texts, artistic anthologies, richly illustrated design books, software manuals and recipe collections, futuristic science fiction, and even obscure facsimiles of alchemical manuscripts and botanical guides.
FoAM Filfla has embarked on a programme of self-study to better understand the tools and techniques for creative exploration of futures. In response to the liminality brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, we collect, document and experiment with future-probing methods for teens, young adults and culture makers in Malta and beyond.
Lyt_A is an installation, an instrument and a translation medium in one. It is a mechatronic, semi-flexible structure that can transmit haptic information on a distance: when the structure is touched on one site, the touch will be visible and touchable on the other. Touch, the most intimate of our five senses, is often used as a reality-check; what I can touch is real. Touch is an ultimately interactive communication medium: the one who touches is being touched as well…
From the beginning of this journey, I have been asking myself: What are the principle stages of collective transition, and what shapes and movements does it take for the individual? What kind of space, attention, intention, understanding and facilitation does it require in order to give birth to new futures? I am interested in sensing the connections between the creative processes of transition and (re)developing the awareness and skills for these to be encourage in times of local, national and global change that we all face on many different levels today.
During a one-year trial in a mainstream engineering career, Michka experienced firsthand the imbalance of a full-time job where mind becomes completely disconnected from body. He found that the side effects of such imbalance included low efficiency in professional activities themselves, an alarming atomisation of body and mind, and the sensation of rarely being in the right place at the right time. To address these unpleasant syndromes, he decided to embark on a macrotransiency at FoAM, where he is exploring several diverse practices that include mindfulness meditation, crochet, dismantling wood palettes to create furniture, aikido, and the art of fermentation. Through this approach of hands-on personal experimentation, he aims to design a balanced polyculture of interconnected activities that mutually enhance one another, thus ensuring better enjoyment of life as a whole. For other people interested in this approach, he is documenting the processes and practices he explores, as well as his design framework for a balanced polyculture of activities.
Stevie Wishart is a composer in transience. Her transiency involves living and working between two countries, Belgium and the UK, travelling with sound and music through diverse contexts, from academia to private salons, from churches to concert halls. She made FoAM her hub for a year, from where she journeys to compose and perform her unique mix of contemporary and mediaeval sounds. While in macrotransiency, she experiments with FoAM as a contemporary convent - a place to retreat, contemplate, learn, create and share.
"How can I approach drawn depiction of dance with a similar connection to my body as the dancer has to their own? Rather than treating drawing as a sort of dance in which I make marks, I wish to collaborate with dancers on a series of drawings. This microresidency meeting will be a few hours exchange of vocabulary and transfer of disciplines between participants, to help me better understand the material and conceptual possibilities of this notion. Through Drawing and Dancing with a group I hope to learn more about what it means to draw the body in motion."
During their Microresidency, Bridget Currie and Chloe Langford exploit the alien qualities of bread dough to produce sculptural objects, and experiment with the structural and load-bearing capacities of bread dough. In seven days they will attempt to answer the question which recipes and baking processes yield the most expressive and compelling lumps?
While discussing various plans to continue FoAM's experiments with prehearsals and ARNs, we were introduced to Scott Smith's work in "critical futures" by Honor Harger and an erratic exchange ensued. There were some obvious common threads and just as many distinct differences in approach to encourage further conversation. Since we've been experimenting with residency formats recently, it was a perfect opportunity to spend a day together as one of our first 'microresidencies'
A behavioural research tool for use in remote areas lacking reliable internet connectivity or power. Developed for the Banded Mongoose Research Project at Exeter University for use in their field site in Uganda, Mongoose 2000 uses a Raspberry Pi to synchronise behavioral observation data across multiple Android tablets used for daily recording of mongoose behaviour.
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