499 Alabama Street #114 San Francisco. California, USA

Cultivating since 1994.

Co-op is a research and design studio that catalyzes critical issues into collective action. We are a net- work of designers, programmers, engineers, artists and scientists. What aligns our diversity of practice is a common interest in facilitating ideas, actions and movement towards a more just world. We actively collaborate with our clients to create engaging tools for communicating on many scales and media platforms. This can range from a hand-painted sign, maps, web design, print design, wood carving to a networked game. We calibrate our working conditions for each project.

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IMAGE INFO:
07. 13. 14
Lecture/Performance
Liverpool Biennale + Public Art Now Bristol
A meeting between two public art projects; Jeanne van Heesweijk's, Homebaked Co-Operative Anfield and Flatbread Society, Oslo. Following in Bristol, a reading by Amy Franceschini and Flatbread Society Boat Oven tour of Bristol harbor ending at the wonderful Hart's Bakery.
05. 24. 14
Exhibition
VIVRE(S)
Flatbread Society will convene at de Domaine de Chamarande in France among a beautiful group of aligned artists.
03. 01. 14
Performance/Installation
Kaai Theater. Brussels, Belgium
Flatbread Society assembles with Didier Demorcy during the Burning Ice Festival at Kaai Theater. This years theme is "the genetic technology approach to world food issues and the agro-ecological alternative that centres on resilience and biodiversity".

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.

Collectively, we teach in the visual arts graduate programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Mills College in Oakland, California and the joint masters program of art and engineering at Stanford University.

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's solo and collaborative work have been exhibited internationally at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Hall of Sciences and the Walker Art Center. She received her BFA from San Francisco State University in Photography and her MFA from Stanford University. She has taught at in the visual arts graduate programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Mills College in Oakland 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 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 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
Liverpool Biennale + Public Art Now Bristol
07. 13. 14
Lecture/Performance
A meeting between two public art projects; Jeanne van Heesweijk's, Homebaked Co-Operative Anfield and Flatbread Society, Oslo. Following in Bristol, a reading by Amy Franceschini and Flatbread Society Boat Oven tour of Bristol harbor ending at the wonderful Hart's Bakery.
VIVRE(S)
05. 24. 14
Exhibition
Flatbread Society will convene at de Domaine de Chamarande in France among a beautiful group of aligned artists.
Kaai Theater. Brussels, Belgium
03. 01. 14
Performance/Installation
Flatbread Society assembles with Didier Demorcy during the Burning Ice Festival at Kaai Theater. This years theme is "the genetic technology approach to world food issues and the agro-ecological alternative that centres on resilience and biodiversity".
Unsettled Landscapes
07. 16. 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.
Transformation without Apocalypse
02. 14. 14
Lecture
Symposium at University of Oregon, Corvalis. We are excited to be with fellow keynote speakers; Ursula K. Le Guin and Kim Stanley Robinson
Broad Museum/Michigan
10.1. 14
Exhibition
Flatbread Society assembles as an exhibition, public program (Open Outcry) and permanent bread oven at the student farm. The Broad Museum at the University of Michigan, East Lansing will host this constellation of FBS with guests Claire Pentecost and more.
Around the Table
11. 20. 13
Exhibition
Flatbread Society's Boat Oven and Telescope Rolling Pin on display at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Taking Stock
11. 15. 13
Exhibition
Futurefarmers excavates 20 years of work at Gallery 16. Displayed as an exploded view, each work will be pieced together or pulled apart as needed in search for new paths ahead. Invited guests will be consulted with each week to discuss one work. These discussions will become a pages in a book to be printed at the culmination of the show.
Flatbread Society Olso
01. 13. 2014
Project
An ongoing public art project in Oslo, Norway. Flatbread Society
A Variation Powers of Ten
11.15.2012
Book
Available at the SFMOMA Bookstore and Sternberg Press.
Venice Architecture Biennale
08. 30. 12
Exhibition
Soul/Sole Sermons
06. 25. 11
Book
A limited edition book: Soul/Sole Sermons as part of our first solo exhibition at the Guggenheim.
Guggenheim: Intervals
May 4-14, 2011
Exhibition
Futurefarmers presents their first solo exhibition in New York City at the Solomon R. Guggenheim.
Six Lines of Flight
09.15 - 12.31.2012
Exhibition
A Variation on the Powers of Ten will be presented in the wonderful group exhibition at SFMOMA. and later in December at Bildmuseet, Sweden.

Visit project site!
A|WE Grant
11. 23. 10
Grants
Amy Franceschini and Michael Taussig are granted an Artists/Writers/
Environment
grant to work together on This is Not a Trojan Horse.
Farm Together Now! Book and Blog
07. 28. 2013
Publication
Farm Together Now:
A portrait of people, places and ideas for a new food movement
by Amy Franceschini and Daniel Tucker
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