499 Alabama Street #114 San Francisco. California, USA

Cultivating since 1994.

Futurefarmers Design Studio is a network of designers, programmers, engineers, artists and scientists aligned through a common interest in facilitating ideas and actions. We actively collaborate with our clients to create engaging tools for communicating on many scales and media platforms; hand-painted signs, maps, web design, print design, wood carving or a networked game.

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IMAGE INFO:
10.22.16
Exhibition
Artes Mundi 7
We are very excited to be among 7 finalists for the Artes Mundi Award.
06. 22. 16
Public/Performance/Research
Seed Journey
We are incredibly honored to be hosted by SALT to signal the beginning of Seed Journey. Join the lecture, workshop and again in 2017 when we return!
06. 09. 16
Exhibition
Henie Onstad
We are very excited to share Seed Journey in this group exhibition in Norway.

Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us. Founded in 1995, the design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and our research interests. We are artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of "not knowing".

While we collaborate with scientists and are interested in scientific inquiry, we want to ask questions more openly. Through participatory projects, we create spaces and experiences where the logic of a situation disappears - encounters occur that broaden, rather than narrow perspectives, i.e. reductionist science.

We use various media to create work that has the potential to destabilize logics of "certainty". We deconstruct systems such as food policies, public transportation and rural farming networks to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics. Through this disassembly new narratives emerge that reconfigure the principles that once dominated these systems. Our work often provides a playful entry point and tools for participants to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry- not only to imagine, but to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.

Futurefarmers work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim, MAXXI in Rome, Italy, New York Hall of Sciences and the Walker Art Center.

People
Amy Franceschini

Amy Franceschini is an artist and designer who creates work that facilitates encounter, exchange and tactile forms of inquiry by calling into question the "certainties" of a given time or place where a work is situated. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature". Her projects reveal the history and currents of contradictions related to this divide by challenging systems of exchange and the tools we use to "hunt" and "gather". Using this as a starting point, she provides new tools for an audience to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry; not only to imagine, but also to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.

In 1995, Amy founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists, activists, researchers, farmers and architects who work together to propose alternatives to the social, political and environmental organization of space. Founded in 1995, their design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and their research interests. Futurefarmers use various media to deconstruct systems to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics; food systems, public transportation, education. Through this disassembly they find new narratives and reconfigurations that form alternatives to the principles that once dominated these systems. They have created temporary schools, books, bus tours, and large-scale exhibitions internationally.

Amy received her BFA from San Francisco State University in Photography and her MFA from Stanford University. She has taught in the visual arts graduate programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Stanford University. Amy is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow and has received grants from the Cultural Innovation Fund, Creative Work Fund and the Graham Foundation.

Michael Swaine

Michael is an inventor and designer working in many media. He is the analog anchor of the studio. Michael has collaborated with Futurefarmers since 1997. Michael is dedicated to working in the community, Swaine's "Reap What You Sew" Generosity Project involved him pushing an old fashioned ice cream style cart on wheels with a treadle-operated sewing machine on it through the streets of San Francisco. Michael received his B.F.A. from Alfred University in Ceramics and his M.A. in Design from UC Berkeley. Currently, Michael is teaching at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Stijn Schiffeleers

Working in many media Stijn reveals the subtleties of life via film, video and interactive installations. His work embodies a sense of play and sensitivity that reminds us to take a closer look at what surrounds us. He has been seen most recently soaring above the streets of San Francisco in a canoe mounted to the top of the Futurefarmers Volvo.

Lode Vranken

Lode Vranken has been practicing architecture internationally since 1993. In 1993, he received his masters in a UN Course on Human Settlements + Architectural Philosophy from the KU Leuven, Belgium. He has been teaching since 2005 as a Ned delegate at The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain and from 1993-94 at the Asian Institute for Technolgy in Bangkok, Thailand. Lode co-founded the research coalition, De Bouwerij in Belgium that focuses on social living structures for passive houses, Cradle 2 Cradle buildings and zero
energy construction. His research is focused on new concepts for small, self-sufficient living units; folding buildings, kinetic structures, rolling shelters all with zero carbon dioxide emission.

Anya Kamenskaya

Anya Kamenskaya is an ag-centric organizer and green building apprentice. Since 2009, she has curated educational events, film screenings and social mixers for the advocacy non-profit, the Greenhorns. She is a member of DIG Cooperative, Inc., a design-build firm focused on decentralized urban water infrastructure. At Futurefarmers she manages the Indigenous Farming Project, a tribal food sovereignty initiative in California's Owens Valley. She received her B.S. in Agroecology from UC Berkeley.

Dan Allende

Daniel is an artist, builder and inventor. He has spent many summers orienteering by canoe in Canada where he has gone several months at a time without seeing other humans. Dan received his B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is working towards his M.F.A. (2015) at Carnegie Mellon. Dan collaborated with Futurefarmers on the Reverse Ark at the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009, the People's Roulette for the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, 2009 and Soil Kitchen, 2011, a temporary public artwork commissioned by the city of Philadelphia.

Futurefarmers Writers Fellowship
Cooley Windsor

Cooley Windsor is the Futurefarmers eternal writer in residence and has graced us with his presence and work since 2009. Many of our projects have emerged from the writings of Cooley Windsor; The Reverse Ark I, The Reverse Ark 2 and This is Not a Trojan Horse. Cooley's seminal work, Visit Me in California has left an everlasting impact on us. Cooley teaches in the MFA Program at the California College of the Arts, and is co-director of the annual Meant to Be Seen Festival at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco. He was one of the founding board members of Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, an environmental-justice organization focused on the southeast section of San Francisco. He is affiliated with the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito.

Special goggles designed to see the world through their eyes.
About

Co-op is a San Francisco-based network of geographically dispersed designers, programmers, mechanical engineers, product designers and artists who come together to do work for profit. We calibrate our working conditions for each project.

We engage with our clients as partners in thought and explore the best medium and mes- saging for each particular case. Some format and platforms in which we have worked include web design, interactive installations, print, illus- tration, exhibition design, logo design, database development, PHP, C++, MSQL, and Max MSP.

Since 1994, Co-op has worked with Greenpeace, Adobe, Swatch, Twitter, Berkeley Art Museum, City of Seattle, Washington, Autodesk, PBS, NEC, and MSNBC.

We maintain a balance between for-profit and not-for profit design work as a way to support our artwork, contribute our skills to projects in our community and to those whose work we feel akin: National Young Farmers' Coalition, the Greenhorns, Prelinger Library, Southern Exposure, Berkeley Art Museum.
Research:

Integral to our studio practice is ongoing re- search. We host workshops, present projects, seminars, and a website that collectively ques- tion the social, political and economic systems we live in. Co-op is where the energy of art, design, education, curatorial practice and social interaction fuse to create a vital space and an environment of exchange.


"Futurefarmers/Co-op are well known as innovators within the new media art and design contexts. They have exhibited internationally at numerous galleries and museums, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, the ZKM in Germany and at America's most prestigious art exhibition, the Whitney Biennale. They have received numerous awards including the Webby Award and the Transmediale award among others."
-ZKM, Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany
People
Amy Franceschini

Amy is an artist and designer who creates formats for exchange and production that question the social, cultural and environmental systems that surround her. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature". Her projects reveal the history and currents of contradictions related to this divide by challenging systems of exchange and the tools we use to "hunt" and "gather". Using this as a starting point, she often provides a playful entry point and tools for an audience to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry; not only to imagine, but to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.

Michael Swaine

Michael is an inventor and designer working in many media. He is the analog anchor of the studio. Michael has collaborated with Futurefarmers since 1997. Michael is dedicated to working in the community, Swaine's "Reap What You Sew" Generosity Project involved him pushing an old fashioned ice cream style cart on wheels with a treadle-operated sewing machine on it through the streets of San Francisco. Michael received his B.F.A. from Alfred University in Ceramics and his M.A. in Design from UC Berkeley. Currently, Michael is teaching at California College of the Arts and Mills College.

Stijn Schiffeleers

Working in many media Stijn reveals the subtleties of life via film, video and interactive installations. His work embodies a sense of play and sensitivity that reminds us to take a closer look at what surrounds us. He has been seen most recently soaring above the streets of San Francisco in a canoe mounted to the top of the Futurefarmers Volvo.

Lode Vranken

Lode Vranken has been practicing architecture internationally since 1993. In 1993, he received his masters in a UN Course on Human Settlements + Architectural Philosophy from the KU

.News
Artes Mundi 7
10.22.16
Exhibition
We are very excited to be among 7 finalists for the Artes Mundi Award.
Seed Journey
06. 22. 16
Public/Performance/Research
We are incredibly honored to be hosted by SALT to signal the beginning of Seed Journey. Join the lecture, workshop and again in 2017 when we return!
Henie Onstad
06. 09. 16
Exhibition
We are very excited to share Seed Journey in this group exhibition in Norway.
FUTURUM
04. 16. 16
Exhibition
A group exhibition at the Telemark Kunstnersenter in Norway including select works relating to laws and lawmaking.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
12. 28. 15
Residency
Futurefarmers are honored to be the Interdisciplinary Researchers at the Art Institute. Come visit us in Madison.
Mastery of Non-Mastery
10. 22. 15
Exhibition
Futurefarmers first solo exhibition in Mexico City at Casa del Lago.
Futurefarmers Bookstore
09. 30. 15
Attention
Introducing our bookstore. A range of publications we have made in relation to our projects and research! Enjoy!
Tbilisi Triennial
09. 12. 15
Exhibition
Amy Franceschini will enact The Sky is Beautiful, the Land is beautiful, will they ever meet? with Mariam Chkhaidze and shoemakers: Nathalie VerLinden and Samveli Aleqsandrov.
Utopiana: The Beast and Adversity
09. 04. 15
Project
We are honored to take part in The Beast and Adversity as a means to continue presentation of Flatbread Society Seed Journey. In good company with Didier Demorcy and David Abram.
Flatbread Society Sardinia
08. 25. 15
Performance/Installation
Futurefarmers assembles in Cagliari by invitation of Sardinia: Italian Capital of Culture 2015. As Flatbread Society, we tour farms, build two public ovens and instigate a procession from Lazzareto to Sant'Elia.
About Trees
08. 03. 15
Book
We have contributed two texts to fellow artist, Katie Holten's new book, About Trees.

In good company with other texts by: Jorge Luis Borges, Inger Christensen, Charles Darwin, Ursual K. Le Guin, Ada Lovelace, E.J. McAdams, Arianna Occhipinti, Katie Paterson, Pedro Reyes, Robert Sullivan...
Flatbread Society Soil Procession
06. 24. 15
Action
A movement of soil from the country to the city of Oslo.
Grow It Yourself
06. 17. 15
Exhibition
We are so happy to be with our family: My Villages and Fernando Garcia Dory at Parco Arte Vivente.
The Coming Museum
06. 17. 15
Exhibition
We are very honored to be part of this group show curated by Filipa Oliveria at Forum Eugenio de Almeida in Portugal .
Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place
February 22, 2015
Book
Futurefarmers' Flatbread Society featured in Claire Doherty's new book!
European Cultural Foundation
December 16, 2014
Grants
Our most recent project, Consortium Instabile, is among 23 projects to receive research funds. We are extremely honored and thankful to our host Gaetano Carboni, Pollinaria.
From Meteorite to Trinitite
December 9, 2014
Lecture/Performance
An evening of 20 questions with art writer, Lucy Lippard and Eric Blinman, Director of the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies. Join us at Laboratory of Anthropology. This program is part of SITE Santa Fe's Biennial of the America's: Unsettled Landscapes
Headlands Center for the Arts
11. 21. 14
Residency
Futurefarmers leads up to this announcement with back flips. We been awarded a Headlands Center for the Arts 2015 Residency.
Creative Production Meets Political Imagination
11. 15. 14
Lecture
Futurefarmers will be lecturing at CIIS in San Francisco during their weekend of workshops, problem-solving, dialogue, and strategy-sharing with an amazing roster of actors.
Unsettled Landscapes
10. 01. 14
Exhibition
Futurefarmers has developed a new work, Forging a Nail, for Site Santa Fe's Biennial exhibition. A nice write up in the Huffington Post.
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