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Trans-universal constellation bolwerK combines parascientific history, anthropology, and technology to introduce participants to the electromagnetic spectrum and how radio and farming metaphors intertwine.

During this open lab, participants grow crystals and experiment with their physical, acoustic, electrical, and electromagnetic properties, transmitting and receiving signals from the body to the mind and intra-acting frequencies. Participants leave the lab with new skills and thinking critically about the contemporary cooptation and privatization of the electromagnetic sphere. Hosted by Marthe Van Dessel and Martin Lundberg of Futurefarmers, and electronic musician Yasi Perera.

Interested in joining? RSVP on Facebook to save the date.

bolwerK is a transuniversal constellation hosted by Marthe Van Dessel, a performer, hacker, feminist sys admin, and multidisciplinary artivist who creates interfaces, devices, and protocols to instigate our urban and institutional hardware. She engages in the administrative, cultural, and political dimensions of personal and collective identities. By triggering intersubjective alliances she connects the “self and other” to the commons, coauthorship, and redistribution into the public domain.


Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place is organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and curated by Lucía Sanromán, director of visual arts.

Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support is provided by the Changing the Ratio Circle of Advisors: Abundance Foundation, Berit Ashla, Diana Cohn, EMIKA Fund, Jennifer C. Haas Fund, Rekha Patel, Catalina Ruiz-Healy and Jonathan Kevles, Vicki Shipkowitz, and Meg Spriggs. Additional thanks to the Selvage Fund of the East Bay Community Foundation and the Facebook Artist in Residence Program.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by National Endowment for the Arts, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

YBCA Exhibitions are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Panta Rhea Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program, and Meridee Moore and Kevin King.

Lead Image: From the article “Marconi’s Achievement” in the February, 1902 issue of McClure’s Magazine.