Foam – some ideas

(The Radical Potential of) Foam

“All individuals are living in a specific bubble within a communicating foam.”
Peter Sloterdijk

Bubbles break away or stay, make new paths, re-allign, remain adjoined.
Inside, we are simultaneously immunised and isolated, yet connected to a perpetually reconfiguring and drifting foam of social and political being.

“The systemization of social relations, the standardization of temporality and the intrusion of quantifiable exchange value into every facet of human life generates a series of urban threats which the city dweller must shield themselves against in order to maintain the integrity and equilibrium of their psychic inner world.”
Adrian Lahoud – http://post-traumaticurbanism.com/?p=93

How do we open up (do we need to), take a chance on our “psychic inner worlds” being re-coded and entrained, as we move to de-immunise ourselves and re-engage with the public space we were once convinced no longer belonged to us?

“To inhabit both the real and virtual worlds at one and the same time, and to be both here and potentially everywhere else at the same time, is giving us a new sense of self, new ways of thinking and perceiving which extend what we have believed to be our natural, genetic capabilities.” Roy Ascott – The Architecture of Cyberception

What are the possibilities for inter-spatial (virtual and actual) interaction and organisation in a post-biological world?

Foam:

1. a collection of minute bubbles formed on the surface of a liquid by agitation, fermentation, etc.: foam on a glass of beer.
2.
the froth of perspiration, caused by great exertion, formed on the skin of a horse or other animal.
3.
froth formed from saliva in the mouth, as in epilepsy and rabies.

Foam:

afoam, bubbling, effervescent, frothy, nappy, sparkling, spumescent, spumous, vaporous

Entrain:
1.​(of a liquid or gas) to carry along (drops of liquid, bubbles, etc), as in certain distillations
2.​to disperse (air bubbles) through concrete in order to increase its resistance to frost
3.​zoology to adjust (an internal rhythm of an organism) so that it synchronizes with an external cycle, such as that of light and dark

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