Luminous Green

Reflecting on the role of the arts, design and technology in an environment of turbulence

Luminous Green is a series of gatherings about a human world, which is enlightened, imaginative, electrified and most importantly – living in a fertile symbiosis with the rest of the planet. The series was initiated in 2006 by FoAM in Brussels, calling to the creative sector to enrich the public debate around environmental sustainability, ethical living and eco-design. Discussions about these topics tend to revolve around mitigating the effects of climate change, carbon emissions, or terrorism. With Luminous Green, we want to broaden the topic, looking at preparing for and adapting to a life in turbulent social, economic and environmental conditions.

Luminous Green provides an opportunity for the artists and designers to become proactive in these discussions and truly become the engaged avant-garde that many claim to be. From the position of respected discussion partners, we can work together with other sectors to design our way out of the current mess. We don’t expect everyone to agree with each other, but a respectful questioning of each other’s practices is a healthy thing – it heals arrogance, isolationism and xenophobia. With this in mind, we have designed the Luminous Green workshop to enable artists and designers to put their skills into practice, as well as learn new approaches and visions, through discussion and collaboration with dedicated practitioners from a variety of other fields.

The series is envisaged to promote trans-disciplinary discussions and collaborations between the creatives, industries, academia, grass-roots initiatives, business and policy leaders. Luminous Green brings together people whose practice incorporates ecological thinking as its core value, or as a major concern. The objective of Luminous Green is to spawn inspiring propositions, innovative methods and scalable interventions, looking to advance the participants’ practice beyond conservation and sustainability. Using novel facilitation techniques based on OST (Open Space Technology) and ARG (Alternate Reality Gaming), Luminous Green encourages participation, interaction and commitment between everyone involved.

related events

Luminous Green Panel at ISEA

2008-07-30 16:00 GMT+8
2008-07-30 18:00 GMT+8

Electronic Arts in Turbulent Weather

The Luminous Green panel is an open discussion forum, in which we will examine the five themes of ISEA2008 under the lens of environmental and social turbulence.

Luminous Green Workshop 2008

2008-07-31 09:00 Singapore
2008-07-31 22:00 Singapore

Reflecting on the role of the arts, design and technology in an environment of turbulence

Luminous Green is a series of gatherings about a possible future; about a human world, that is enlightened, imaginative, electrified and most importantly – living in a fertile symbiosis with the rest of the planet.

Luminous Green Open Lab 2007

2007-05-05 17:00 Europe/Brussels
2007-05-05 23:59 Europe/Brussels

On Saturday the 5th of May 2007, at 5PM, we opened the doors of our lab to everyone who wanted to have a final taste of the first Luminous Green series.

PhoEf – Photons and the electric kiss

2008-05-30 13:30 Canada/Central
2008-05-30 17:30 Canada/Central

PhoEf is a research project led by Bart Vandeput, exploring the essence, use and abuse of the photovoltaic effect - the conversion of light into electrical energy - within the realms of science, industry, technology and the arts.

Luminous Green Workshop 2007

2007-05-01 14:00 Europe/Brussels
2007-05-05 17:00 Europe/Brussels

In a time when energy use and electronic waste production should be rapidly decreasing, can media artists comfortably use arsenals of computers and their peripherals in the name of art?

Eco Design Salon

2007-10-11 14:00 Europe/London
2007-10-11 19:00 Europe/London

What future for eco-textile design?

FoAM (Maja Kuzmanovic) participated in the "International conversations" together with Carole Collet, talking about ethics and aesthetics and eco-design, about permaculture and Luminous Green.

Hands-on Change

2007-07-08 20:00 Europe/Amsterdam
2007-07-08 23:00 Europe/Amsterdam

Hands-on Change. An evening of discussions and presentations by Suprabha Seshan, Maja Kuzmanovic, Maria Blaisse and Cocky Eek. Hosted by Shibumi Friends International.

Deep in the forest beside a muddy little path stands a colorful sign which says 'Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary'.

LG - Time's Up

2008-10-23 09:00 GMT+2
2008-10-25 23:00 GMT+2

A Luminous Green satellite event, organised by Time's Up and the Guild for Reality Integrators and Generators:

Dates: 23rd | 24th | 25th October 2008

Luminous Green is an attempt to become more aware of our own ecological and human responsibilities. A moment’s pause, deceleration and self-reflection are a common core.

Luminous Green at Pecha Kucha Night

2009-01-16 20:20 Europe/Brussels
2009-01-16 23:20 Europe/Brussels

Maja Kuzmanovic will present Luminous Green and related ideas at the Pecha Kucha Night:

Luminous Green Desert

2009-02-13 14:00 US/Pacific
2009-02-20 23:59 US/Pacific

These workshops are organised by Marko Peljhan. FoAM is doing two remote presentations at the two workshops (on Saturday the 14th of February and Tuesday 17th of February).

EcoArt, at Waag

2009-05-26 20:00 GMT+2

EcoArt, lecture in cooperation with artist and scientist Boo Chapple, environmental artist / ecological researcher Brandon Ballengée and artist, bioartist Andy Gracie from England and FoAM member Theun Karelse.

Tuesday 26 May, at 8 pm in the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag. Entrance is free.

Launch of Culture|Futures

2009-12-07 13:00 Europe/Copenhagen
2009-12-07 19:30 Europe/Copenhagen

"Culture|Futures creates an enabling environment for those cultural actors who are moved to express their perspectives about creating an Ecological Age, by recognising, encouraging and supporting them.

The Culture|Futures expanding spiral of engagement begins its journey at the launch symposium on 7th December. Participants are invited to explore the Culture|Futures proposition and to grow the spiral of engagement supporting the COP climate change negotiations.

Metabolicity workshop

2009-02-26 00:00 Europe/Brussels
2009-02-28 00:00 Europe/Brussels

Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl of conduct an exploratory workshop on lightweight structures and hydroponic techniques for vertical gardening.

Tipping Point

2010-01-25 09:00 Europe/Brussels
2010-01-26 20:00 Europe/Brussels

FoAM will take part in the TippingPoint event held at the EESC.

"TippingPoint aims to ‘harness the power of the imagination to help stabilise the climate’. We offer a range of activities centred on exposing creative artists to the enormous challenges of climate change; at the heart of this lies a series of meetings involving very high quality, intense dialogue between artists, scientists and others close to the heart of the issue. These encounters provide a chance to explore the broader cultural challenges precipitated by climate change."

Luminous Green Retreat 2010

2010-07-26 17:00 Europe/Brussels
2010-07-28 17:00 Europe/Brussels

Luminous Green 2010 is a retreat about resilience; about a human world, that is enlightened, imaginative, electrified and most importantly – living in a fertile symbiosis with the planet. The retreat offers an exceptional occasion, a place where to learn about and from each other. In the process, the participants will attempt to jointly explore questions related to the theme of the retreat: resilience. What would a resilient human world be like? How do you experience resilience in your life? How do you encourage it in yourself and others?

Rainforest Etiquette

2011-10-16 00:00 GMT+2

FoAM is organising and hosting a lecture by Suprabha Seshan. She is the spokesperson of the Gurukula Botanic Sanctuary in Kerala India. At the rainforest sanctuary local tribal women are trained to become parataxonomists and ecosystem gardeners. Through their work over 20 years Suprabha and the team have seen human pressure, demands and damage on the rainforest increase. She will speak on several topics including the failure of environmental education. The forest needs a particular type of support if it is to survive at all.

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