Futurefarmers is a group of practitioners aligned through an open practice of making work that is relevant to the time and space surrounding us.
Through collaboration, we explore the relationship of concept and creative process between interdisciplinary artists. Since 1995, Futurefarmers has served as a design studio producing projects for clients including Adobe, Swatch, Hewlett Packard, Levi's, Autodesk, Nike, LucasFilm, Greenpeace, PBS, NEC and MSNBC.

"Futurefarmers 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

Amy Franceschini, Founder
Amy is an artist and educator. She founded Futurefarmers in 1995, as a means to bring together multidisciplinary practitioners to create new work. In 2002, she founded Free-Soil She is currently teaching Media Theory and Practice courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Sascha Merg , Partner/Collaborator
Sasha Merg is a programmer and developer working from Hamburg, Germany. Sasha has been working with Futurefarmers since 1999. He has developed online games and his most recent personal project is a visualization tool.

Josh On, Collaborator
Josh is an interaction designer. He joined Futurefarmers in 1998 as an AIR, from the Royal College of Art in London. Together with Futurefarmers he created a series of interactive mapping systems and games; The Anti War Game, Communiculture and They Rule.

Michael Swaine, Partner/Collaborator
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. Currently, Michael is teaching at California College of the Arts.

Design Studio
Futurefarmers works across many media. We enjoy creating platforms for sociability within new media spaces; internet, wireless devices and public space. Comfortable in both traditional and new media, Futurefarmers employ a fertile approach to every project;
Web design, Interactive Installations, Print, Illustration, Exhibition Design, Animation, 3d Character Development, Packaging, Book Design, Database Development, Flash, PHP, C , MSQL...

Artist in Residency Program
Since 1995, Futurefarmers has hosted over 19 artists from 8 countries. These artists have developed experimental and client projects together with Futurefarmers during their residency and many have continued to collaborate with us beyond their residency. We work together with residents to develop personal projects and provide a supportive environment for research and exploration.
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  Field work:
Amy and Michael collecting blue-green algae for Investigations into the Hydrogen Production of the Blue-Green Algae presented in collaboration with Jonathan Meuser, Graduate Researcher - National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, CO. during their residency at Anderson Ranch.