Maja Kuzmanovic
Nik Gaffney

(Techniques Speaker Series)

September 25, 2019
Doors Open at 5:00 pm
Talk at 6:00 pm

Social Hall, Tempe, AZ


Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney co-founded FoAM in the year 2000 and currently operate as the nomadic studio FoAM Earth. Guided by FoAM’s motto “grow your own worlds” they create immersive situations, incite discussions, and suggest alternatives. FoAM’s work has been shown worldwide, including The Venice Architecture Biennale, Iceland Design Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Eden Project, BOZAR, Bioart Society, Anticipation Conference, FIBER, RADMIN, The Long Now, ISEA and Ars Electronica.


Re-Enchanting the Present

At the Center for Philosophical Technologies, FoAM’s co-founders Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney will discuss their interstitial techniques for living with uncertainty, combining experiential futures, generative technologies, labcraft, and the ephemeral tools of panpsychism.

FoAM is a network for speculative culture at the intersection of art, science, nature and everyday life. As strategies of resistance against dystopian fear, FoAM experiments with futurecrafting and conviviality to re-enchant the present. They explore, among other things, animist approaches to interdependence, attunement and reciprocity, using a wide spectrum of transdisciplinary techniques — from mythological to ecological. When attuning to arcane forces of change — such as globalization, the atmosphere, interpersonal dynamics, or gut flora — FoAM’s work combines pre-modern crafts of magic and ritual with Futures and technological arts. They evoke and invoke ways of viewing, being and acting in a world where the continuation of humanity is no longer certain. Dark arts for dark times, capable of transforming “the darkness of the tomb into the darkness of the womb”. These techniques for re-animating fertile darkness inevitably begin with care. A careful and care full engagement with the world. Care as an antidote to nihilism, apathy or indifference. Care as the potion anima takes to remember itself as inseparable from animate matter.