The Dust and Shadow publications are intended as experiments in their own right. The Fieldnotes contain suggestive impressions emerging from each of FoAM's field trips in Arizona. The Readers are self-published collections of writings, quotes and bibliographic wandering designed to accompany our experiments and to be shared in-situ and online. At the end of this page we collected a few notes towards a book, something which may function as a field guide to the worlds made possible with Dust & Shadow.

Travel writing through geographic and conceptual fields. Experiments in impressionistic and suggestive writing, invitations to partake in seeing the world through the eyes of FoAM Earth.

At the end of the project the three Fieldnotes are combined in a printed publication.

Commonplace booklets with contributions by the Dust & Shadow team, excerpts and quotes from resonant thinkers and makers.

  • Reader 1, Vernal Equinox, March 2018
  • Reader 2, Autumnal Equinox, September 2019


Spring 2018: reader 1

  • contributions from FoAM
  • existing examples/facts to use as a given and their shadows, parallel worlds, hints and rumours (lct)
  • desert-related writing and lists by Ron & Co.
  • quotes from D&S ecosystem and annotated bibliography (all)
  • photos and diagrams (foam)

Fall 2018

Winter 2019

Spring/Summer 2019 reader 2

  • selected contributions from the open call
  • FoAM's excerpts and new texts
  • quotes/excerpts on attunement from a range of authors
  • photos and diagrams by FoAM and selected contributors
  • vinyl sound design, mastering and production

Fall 2019

  • Reader #1, Reader #2 and the Fieldnotes booklet, as a Dust & Shadow boxset.


This publication is beyond the scope of this project.

The notes below are meant as speculative ideas.

Experiment/proposition on how to create a new world…

  • a seed for new worlds to emerge (an incantation)
  • it can be taken to different milieus and it becomes a different thing

Collecting the world

  • write out different myths
  • historiography or “natural” history book (e.g. Codex Seraphinianus - aesthetics, overlays of science and fiction)
    • retelling of (everyday) history according to different myths (to do: find facts to use as a given and build myths around them)
    • layer/blend cultural references into new hybrid myths (?)
    • what are our polysemic words that exist in both worlds, e.g. antenna, arms, conscription (ref. alien, ship from The Last Angel of History

Transition design studies manual

  • a manual for transition to “The Culture” (Banks) via D&S
  • it should be evocative, activating and suggestive (e.g. spell-book, fieldguide, recipe book, activity book?) without being prescriptive.


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