In May 2018 Forum of Sensory Motion set out on a road trip with a group of diverse artists, performers, photographers and musicians for an interstate, interspecies collaborative art adventure, set in the salty coastal plains of remote South Australia.  All colour photos by David Haines, unless otherwise specified.
       
     
 FSM will curate a series of short residencies starting in June 2018 on a houseboat on Lake Tyers. this project is being hosted and funded by  Float  Artist Residency in Gippsland,  Artists include Dylan Martorell, Jannah Quill and Julia Drouin with one more being announced soon.  The works carried out will be collaborative weather and water based experiments involving cyanotypes, hydrophonics, solar powered sound and underwater photography.  FSM and FLOAT will also host an edition of  SASi/ Seaweed Appreciation Society international  in the township of Lake Tyers.
       
     
 FSM will be curating a series of mini residencies within the Herbarium at Melbourne University from mid 2019.  More information coming soon.  Image: Algae Scrapbook via University Melbourne Herbarium
       
     
 2017 is the inaugural year of FSM, the nomadic iteration of KochiAIR, an artist residency established by Lichen Kelp and Dylan Martorell in Kerala, India in 2014.  In June of this year FSM will travel with artists Belle Bassin, Nathan Gray, Dylan Martorell, Lichen Kelp, and Michael Candy, dancer Benjamin Hancock and writer, curator and publisher, Helen Hughes.  They will be based in Athens, Kithera and Serifos where over a period of six weeks these diverse practitioners will engage collaboratively with the public and each other creating improvised communities and radical experimentation.  These artists and musicians will use streets, airwaves, gallery and digital media to create a common noosphere of sensory activity incorporating robotics, interactive electronics, public lectures, wearable art, kinetic sculpture, performative chemistry and workshops.  Image by Nic Dowse/Honeyfingers  More information on this project here;   lichenkelp.com/forum-of-sensory-motions
       
     
 The society will operate as a mobile learning lab connecting artists with experts such as marine biologists and kelp farmers with the aim of extending awareness and exploring options to assist in regenerating marine habitats. It will involve excursions, designing a logo, kelp snacking, hive mind planning, more excursions, underwater photography, seaweed drinks, seaweed fashions, finding a clubhouse, planning a cooperative floating kelp farm that can also host artists as well as straight up schooling.  The inaugural meeting was held at 6.30 on Monday May 6, 2019 at Florence Peel Hall in Fitzroy and was being cohosted by Lichen Kelp and Liquid Architecture as part of their Why Listen to Animals program.  Since then we have had groupings at Siteworks, Brunswick, presented at the Jaffle Symposium, Testing Grounds and held a seaweed forage in Point Cook Coastal Park. Lichen Kelp also presented a talk on the Kelp Highway for Matters Journal at Abootsford Convent and co-presented a 7 part seaweed feast at Lake Tyers Tavern, East Gippsland with Mat Bate, as part of a Forum of Sensory Motion residency with FLOAT.  Forum of Sensory Motion will continue to host travelling iterations of the program.  In September 2019 Danni Zuvela and Lichen Kelp will travel SASi to Norway for the Kelp Congress as part of LIAF Biennale.   So if you would like to come or you would like to host a meet up, in Melbourne or beyond, or have any ideas, links or people SASi should meet who may like to assist please let us know. Also please be aware that you don't have to be an artist or an algae expert to join, being Marine bio-curious is qualification enough!   1843 cyanotype algae image by legendary botanist, algae enthusiast and possibly first female photographer Anna Atkins.  more SASi information here;  Seaweed Appreciation Society international (SASi)   and regular updates on Instagram @seaweed_appreciation_society  and facebook  SASI/Seaweed Appreciation Society