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The central focus of the PARN project is on creating, presenting and representing narratives in physical space. Storytelling is a fundamental human capacity and is widespread in a variety of cultural forms as well as being one of the ways in which, according to many researchers of learning and awareness, we make sense of the world as we experience and reflect it. As the acclaimed poet Simon Ortiz puts it: “there are no truths, only stories.”

FoAM’s role in PARN is to design the Borrowed Scenery alternate reality narrative, an emerging story-scape inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s creed “the ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” The creative research for Borrowed Scenery was conducted through a series of Alternate Reality Tutorials, a research group, as well as research residencies of Martin Howse, Heath Bunting, Lionel Billiet, Imogen Semmler and Cat Jones.

PARN is coordinated by Time’s Up (AT), in collaboration with FoAM (BE), Lighthouse (UK) and Blast Theory (UK). FoAM’s additional allies and advisers in PARN are Six to Start (UK), Foamlab (NL), Sinfonye (UK) and Tale of Tales (BE). With the support of the Culture Programme (2007–2013) of the European Union and the Flemish Authorities.

FoAM's Alternate Reality Tutorials, including:

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