Founded: 1995

A multidisciplinary group people working together to create new work which cultivates consciousness.
Areas of Interest:
Art, Sustainable Environments, Society, Architecture, Design, Technology, Sciences + Play.

Albert Colman:
Albert is starting as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. His work focuses on understanding how the composition of Earth's atmosphere and oceans have changed over the 4.5 billion years of Earth's existence. He also researches the cycling of nutrients (like phosphorus, nitrogen, and iron) in the modern ocean. Albert is involved with astrobiology research. In particular, he is examining how the composition of the surface and subsurface of Mars might be chemically altered in distinct ways if
microbial life exists or existed on Mars. Albert has been lured into Futurefarmers collaborations many times by the intriguing challenges tossed his way by Michael Swaine and Amy Franceschini.

" Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Amy Franceschini:

Amy is a new media artist and educator. Her work is pervaded with images of growth-reminding us that both nature and our own creative natures are precious commodities that must be nurtured and sustained whether it is on the web or in our own backyards. Amy founded Futurefarmers in 1995, as a means to bring together multidisciplinary artists to create new work. She is currently teaching Media Theory and Practice courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute. {} {}

Richard Mortimer Humphrey:
Rich is an engineer, inventor and "general specialist".

Stijn Schifeleers:
Working in many media Stijn reveals the subtleties of life via film, video and interactive installations. Stijn's work embodies a sense of play and sensitivity that reminds us to take a closer look at what surrounds us. Stijn lives and works between Gent, Belgium and San Francisco.

Michael Swaine:
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. For two weeks he stopped to sew for the homeless, for celebrities and for ordinary people - without distinction - fixing, patching and tailoring any clothing or fabric they wanted him to work on. He received a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, School of Art and Design, Alfred, NY and studied Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lunchbox Lab
Photosynthesis Robot
Rainwater Greywater System
Garden Trike
Pogostick Shovel
Seed Library
DIY Algal Hydrogen Bioreactor
Homeland Security Blanket
Botanical Gameboy
Sundial Watches
Solar Music Boxes
Board Game

Public Projects
F.R.U.I.T. Network
Bingo: Field of Thoughts
Lofoten Game of the Future
Fingerprint Maze
Neighborhood Acts
Holding Patterns
The Human Knot

Amy Franceschini
Michael Swaine
Rich Humphrey
Albert Coleman
Sebastian Stjfl
Stijn Schiffeleers
Futurefarmers: Culivating Consciousness since 1995