Certainty Ltd. is a clinic, consultancy and civic outpost for individuals and collectives dealing with problems caused by chronic uncertainty. We offer support for personal and organisational transitions, including strategic unplanning, critical uncertainty diagnostics, VUCA therapy, ambient foresight, and bespoke situational awareness.
The Institute for Experiments with Business (Ibex) is an emergent research entity, situated within the FoAM network. Its interest is to collect, conduct and report on experiments in and with business, including new and wild takes on organisational staples such as budgets, contracts, organisational form, business coaching and the business plan.
Subversive, immersive and partially submerged, Arka Kinari is a multimedia performance staged from the deck of a traditional sailing ship. Using live music and cinematic visuals Arka Kinari imagines life after the carbon economy, resilience to climate change, and re-engagement with our last great commons—the sea.
[The] AlgoMech Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical movement celebrates a future that is not just about using new technologies to make music, but to unmake it. It’s all about getting into the guts of how music is made, showing code running in real time, taking machines and systems apart to show their workings, and opening up technologies to alternative uses.” - Wire Magazine
The Sonic Kayak is a musical and scientific instrument with which to investigate nature. Kayaks rigged with underwater environmental sensors generate live music from the marine world, providing the paddler with an extra dimension of senses with which to explore the underwater climate, while enabling citizens to gather important climate/environmental data.
As process facilitators, we guide groups of people to effectively work together. Facilitation is particularly valuable for tackling complex issues through dialogue and co-creation in participatory settings, such as workshops, Meetings or collaborative projects. we take care of the "how" so you can focus on the "what" and "why" of a collaborative pursuit.
Resonances is a series of sonic propositions. Listening to the sounds of the Earth unfolding at different timescales. Attuning to matter in its myriad forms and flows. Paying attention to a multitude of voices, omnipresent but often too quiet to notice amidst the noise of human activity. We explore places where these quiet multitudes can still be heard and interlace disparate voices into new sonic yarns.
Spectres in change is an artistic investigation reflecting on acute planetary challenges of the present against complex historical trajectories, on the island of Seili in the Archipelago Sea. Several artists and collectives, including FoAM Earth, develop long-term research-based projects that take the myriad questions raised by the island context as their starting point.
Dust and shadow is FoAM's contribution to a transdisciplinary research and residency programme exploring environmental issues specific to the desert of the North-American Southwest. We combine philosophical inquiry with speculative design and action research to explore divergent approaches to desertification (both ecological and cultural), zombie-utopias, panpsychism, beyond-human relationships and probabilistic future preparedness.
How can we make tools that help understand the ancient weaver's mind? How she calculated and solved the first recorded mathematical proofs, embedding them in pattern. How do certain forms of technology define our relationship with the world? For the Greeks of antiquity, weaving was the fundamental link to the cosmos. Today we use computational structures to reason about ourselves and our society, our CPUs replicating the pattern manipulating circuits that link them with the textile technology they were originally built from.
Sphaerae is a semitransparent portable pavilion for synaesthetic compositions, new imaginaries and transdisciplinary experimentation. Sphaerae can touch down on uncharted territories making temporary ecosystems with fragile and complex atmospheric conditions as an instrument to explore the phenomena of light, sound and movement.
The groWorld initiative brings together three “forces” capable of transforming the world on human and ecological scales: culture, gardening and technology. These three strands of inquiry inform and support each other, aiming to forge new symbiotic relationships between postindustrial human societies and the rest of the earth.
Citizen Science is the name given to breaking down borders in who has access and ownership over scientific knowledge. Our citizen science projects include events, workshops, games and experiments that go beyond simply using people as sources of data, and seeking new ways for them to question and drive research, ultimately informing and changing policy.