FoAM update (Tue 28 Aug 2007 20:58:02 GMT+02:00)


After a hot summer of research and design, autumn is promising to become a ripe and juicy season for FoAM-grown worlds – we will work on personal fabrication, open source telephony, green design and traditional crafts, experimental foods and coding. The last weeks of summer we will spend in China – some of us flying kites, the others diving deep into global economic currents.

Cocky Eek is currently criss-crossing the skies above Hong Kong and mainland China (27 August – 2 September 2007). Dressed in a twenty meter long costume, suspended under four large kites, she uses the wind, her muscles and the texture of the fabric to shape ephemeral sculptures high above the ground and the sea. Photos from one of Cocky’s previous experiments:

Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney are joining the Young Global Leaders for their summit in Dalian, China, from the 3rd to the 9th of September. As members of the environmental and diversity task forces, they will present FoAM’s ‘green’ initiatives, as well as get to know, analyse and forecast critical economic and social currents.

After we come back, several exciting developments are awaiting. To give you a taste of what’s coming up in autumn at FoAM:

Bricophone research gathering: open source telephony, with Jean-Noël Montagné. FoAM, Brussels, 28 September 2007

.x-med-k.: Fabbing workshop, on open source personal fabricators and 3D printers, with Toby Borland. FoAM, Brussels, 01-05 October 2007

ECO DESIGN SALON with the The Textile Futures Research Group and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, a conversation between Maja Kuzmanovic and Carole Collet. ICA, London, UK, 11 October 2007.

CraftNouveau, research gathering discussing traditional crafts in emergent contexts with Olu Vandenbussche and Sanjeev Shankar. FoAM, Brussels, 26 October 2007

Mutamorphosis Conference, presentations by Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney. Prague, Czech Republic, 08-10 November 2007.

Open Sauces, On food and coding; tasting dinner and debates, with Kate Rich, Stefan Magdalinski, Femke Snelting, Ann Light, Alok Nandi and others. FoAM, Brussels, 22 November 2007

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FoAM is supported by the Flemish Authorities (Vlaamse Gemeenschap), The Culture 2000 Framework of the European Commission, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC).