The renowned Bay Area collective Futurefarmers’ survey exhibition focuses on ten key works that express their core concerns: the coexistence of humans and nature; sustainable environmental relationships, systems, and ecologies; the role of innovation in California and the San Francisco Bay Area in particular; and our region’s complex relationship to fog and water.
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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 made possible, in part, by: The National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support is provided by Changing the Ratio: Female Artists at YBCA Circle of Advisors Berit Ashla, Diana Cohn, Jennifer C. Haas Fund, Rekha Patel, and Catalina Ruiz-Healy and Jonathan Kevles..
YBCA Exhibitions 17–18 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, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and United Airlines.
YBCA Programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 17–18: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Lead Image: Futurefarmers, The Reverse Ark II, 2010. Installation at Baltimore Contemporary Museum. Photograph courtesy Futurefarmers.