FOMO is a print magazine generated with a custom made software which gathers social media interactions based on metadata filters by a specific hashtag and/or location. The collected data is arranged in a print-ready PDF according to a predefined design template, then printed, bound and distributed on the spot by the FOMObile, a collapsible mobile publishing platform.
Inspired by Bruce Sterling’s statement that “events are the new magazines”, FOMO is an attempt to produce a physical record of the fleeting bodies of physical interactions and electronic debris generated by event culture, while playing on the lurking “fear of missing out” (an inevitable byproduct of the experience economy). The platform records and makes accessible as a physical medium the electronic information nebula they produce.

The magazine’s production is a performative process that investigates the aesthetic and conceptual implications of the encounter between a centuries-old tradition of experimental publishing, the rising influence of machine intelligence in media, and the craving for instant gratification produced by real-time technologies. Variables such as background noise, number of people present, and intensity of social media activity inform the appearance of the final output, creating both moments of density and voids of activity. In Dadaist spirit, it is not so much an experiment in precision documentation as in finding alternative methods of representation and documentation of events.


25/04 – 27/09 2015
What is Luxury? V&A Museum London
14/03 – 13/09 2015
Making Africa, Vitra Design Museum

07/10 2014
Matera2019, Matera 2019 European Cultural Capital Bid

16 – 22/06 2014
JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), Design Miami Basel

5 – 6/06 2014
Swiss Pavilion Marathon
14th Venice Architecture Biennale

9 – 11/04 2014
Salone del Mobile, Palazzo Clerici

Project team: Joseph Grima, Simone Niquille, Tamar Shafrir
Programming: Vinay Mehta
Milan Event Coordination: Tom Keeley
FOMObile Fabrication:Marcello Comoglio, Alessandro Mason

FOMO on Twitter @f_o_m_o
FOMO on Github here

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