Futurefarmers is a group of artists and designers working together since 1995. We are artists, researchers, designers, farmers, scientists, engineers, illustrators, people who know how to sew, cooks and bus drivers with a common interest in creating work that challenges current social, political and economic systems. Our design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residency program and our research interests.

Design Studio

Futurefarmers works across many media. This studio has evolved as a means to support Futurefarmers art practice and fellow protagonists in the road to positive change. We enjoy creating platforms for collective learning and engagement. We are a dynamic group of practitioners who provide services for cultural institutions, activist groups and organizations rooted in the transformative power of knowledge sharing and transmission. Our collective body forms a diverse knowledge and skill base that includes graphic design, architecture, urbanism, philosophy, ecology, industrial design, computer programming, information visualization, food practices, research, educational programing. We are aligned by shared interest and dreams.

Artist in Residency Program

Since 1995, Futurefarmers has hosted over 19 artists from 8 countries. These artists have developed experimental and client-based 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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Amy Franceschini

Amy Franceschini is an artist and educator who creates formats for exchange and production that question and challenge 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 ways that local politics are affected by globalization. In 1995, Amy founded Futurefarmers and in 2004, she co-founded Free Soil, an international collective of artists, activists, researchers, and gardeners who work together to propose alternatives to the social, political and environmental organization of space. Free Soil has exhibited internationally and received funding from the Danish Arts Council, and Zero One, San Jose to create temporary public art projects. Amy's solo and collaborative work have been exhibited internationally at ZKM, Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She received her BFA from San Francisco State University in Photography and her MFA from Stanford University. She is currently a visiting artist at California College of the Arts and Stanford University. She is the recipient of the Artadia, Cultural Innovation, Eureka Fellowship, Creative Capital, Guggenheim Fellowship and SFMOMA SECA Awards.

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.

Sascha Merg

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

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. In a recent lecture at the Berkeley Art Museum, he addressed some of the specters of socialism haunting American politics and culture today.

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.

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. His multifaceted and social-engaging work includes installation, video, performance, and sculpture, often created in collaboration with others. In 2009, Allende collaborated with Futurefarmers on the Reverse Ark: In the Wake at the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland and on the People's Roulette for the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.

Ian Cox

Ian is an artist, explorer, and creative problem solver. Exploration of our world with an imaginative open mind is at the heart of Ian's interests. Ian first worked with Futurefarmers in 2009 on the Reverse Ark: In the Wake at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Futurefarmers Writers Fellowship

Cooley Windsor

Cooley Windsor is the Futurefarmers eternal writer in residence. Cooley has graced us with his presence and work since 2009. Many Futurefarmers 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. (Please buy it now. It will change your life!) Other writing of his has appeared in such journals as PLOUGHSHARES, THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW, THE BLINK, ELEVEN ELEVEN, FOURTHEEN HILLS and INDIANA REVIEW. 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.

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