Their imaginative, environmentally-conscious projects provoke audiences to question the many ways that humans try to control nature, or imagine themselves as separate from it. Their work can be described as social sculpture, a type of making that activates art’s potential to change society. Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place surveys their practice to date, and includes what they call a new “speculative fog-harvesting machine,” a live project to be constructed and activated over the course of the exhibition. This exhibition is part of YBCA’s ongoing Changing the Ratio initiative. Over 70% of YBCA’s exhibitions from 2017 through 2019 are dedicated to monographic exhibitions of female artists or female-led collaborations.
Opening Night Party
Fri, Apr 20, 7PM
Celebrate Futurefarmers with music and special guests.
Sat, May 5, 7PM
A collection of short films inspired by the ocean and San Francisco’s fog.
Sewing Machine Disassembly
Thu, May 17, 5-7PM
Take apart and clean a historic Singer 5-9 in preparation for fog harvesting.
Thu, Jun 21, 5-7PM
Become a fog harvester in a playful, participatory activation.
Thu, Jul 19, 5-8PM
Harvest crystals and experiment with the frequencies of electromagnetic spectrum.
Sea to Sutro
Sat, Aug 4
Join a procession embodying fog rolling through the city.
Galileo’s Smoking Club
Sundays (Apr 22, May 13, Jun 17, Jul 8, Aug 12), 4-6PM
Join thematic meetings for Sea to Sutro and the creation of Speculative Machine (2018). Gatherings will include discussion on Galileo, “electromagic,” rehearsals for Sea to Sutro performance, workshops, and more.
Sewing Machine Reassembly
Begins Sun, Jun 17
After being disassembled in May, the Singer 5-9 sewing machine will be put back together, intermittently, over the course of several weeks, beginning with the June 17 meeting of Galileo’s Smoking Club. Once reassembled, it will play a key role in the creation of the speculative fog harvesting machine. Visitors are invited to watch the reassembly and ask questions.
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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.
Futurefarmers’ work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; MAXXI | Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; the New York Hall of Science; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
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: Futurefarmers, This is Not a Trojan Horse, 2010. Photograph by Daniella D’Arielli. Courtesy Futurefarmers.