Futurefarmers to come to Open Field

Futurefarmers: A People Without A Voice Cannot Be Heard, August 4-September 4, 2010

Founded in 1995, Futurefarmers is a San Francisco–based interdisciplinary collective of artists aligned through an open practice of making art that is socially, politically, and environmentally relevant. As part of Open Field, the Walker is partnering with Northern Lights.mn to commission A People Without A Voice Cannot Be Heard, a temporary, free school using the “voice” as a theme to guide workshops and public events that explore methods to amplify, coordinate and channel our individual and collective voice. Auctioneers, theorists, conductors, ethnomusicologists, local newspapers, artists, and speech pathologists are invited to consider “voice” as a tool for exchange and liberation.

Working with a core group of local collaborators, Futurefarmers Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine will look at ways that the voice has been used to pass time through song, to elevate the spirit through oratory, to create camaraderie through conversation, and as a “megaphone” in the media. The new group will then teach what they learn to the public throughout the month. The project culminates with a public event and live auction called “Auctions Speak Louder Than Words” on Saturday, September 4.

Sunshine Still

Futurefarmers will also present Sunshine Still at the 2010 01SJ Biennial in September.

Futurefarmers, Sunshine Still, 01SJ Biennial

Calling all builders, tinkerers, sound artists, collaboratives, inventors, electronic hackers, artists

Futurefarmers wants you!!

Deadline for Submissions: June 25th, 2010
When: Aug. 18, 2010 Noon – 5pm; Aug. 19, 2010 3 pm – 8pm
Where: Walker Art Center, Flatpak House
What: A two-day workshop with a core group of
art and design students building “Voice Boxes”.
Who: An amazing group of artists working with Futurefarmers on A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard

Within the context of the Walker’s summer program, Open Field, which encompasses issues around “the commons,” Futurefarmers will be programming several events around theme of “voice” as a commons. We are looking for Minneapolis-based artists/builders to lead this workshop. We are leaving “voice box” open to interpretation. The first day will be a more intensive building workshop with a core group of design students (max 15) and the second day will be open to the public. This is a free Thursday at the Walker, so there is heavy foot traffic with many kids and people who would love to build or contribute something, so preparing some simple aspect of participation for this day is key.

More information: www.futurefarmers.com/buildingavoicebox; www.walker.org/openfield
Commission: $500

Please send

  • Name
  • Address
  • website
  • email
  • 250 word description of workshop
  • rough schedule of the two days: noon-5pm
  • link(s) to any previous work or 5 jpgs 72 dpi of related work

To: info@futurefarmers.com

The Commons

“In this innovative animation, filmmaker Laura Hanna, writer Gavin Browning and video artists/animators Dana Schechter and Molly Schwartz examine the concept of “The Commons” as a means to achieve a society of justice and equality.”

via Postcapital

“Postcapital” is Daniel Garcia Andujar’s blog for his project Postcapital Archive (1989-2001), which will be part of the exhibition FEEDFORWARD: The Angel of History, which I am co-curating with Christiane Paul and opens at LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre on October 22.