is a group of practitioners aligned through an open practice
of making work that is relevant to the time and space surrounding
Through collaboration, we
explore the relationship of concept and creative process
between interdisciplinary artists. Since 1995, Futurefarmers
has served as a design studio producing projects for clients
including Adobe, Swatch, Hewlett Packard, Levi's, Autodesk,
Nike, LucasFilm, Greenpeace, PBS, NEC and MSNBC.
"Futurefarmers are well known as innovators within the new media art and
design contexts. They have exhibited internationally at numerous galleries and
museums, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Museum of Modern
Art, the ZKM in Germany and at America's most prestigious art exhibition, The
Whitney Biennale. They have received numerous awards including the Webby Award
and the Transmediale award among others."
-ZKM, Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany
Amy Franceschini, Founder
Amy is an artist and educator. She founded Futurefarmers
in 1995, as a means to bring together multidisciplinary
practitioners to create new work. In 2002, she founded
Free-Soil She is currently teaching Media Theory and Practice
courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art
Sascha Merg , Partner/Collaborator
Sasha Merg is a programmer and developer working from Hamburg, Germany. Sasha has been working with Futurefarmers since 1999. He has developed online games and his most recent personal project is a visualization tool.
Josh On, Collaborator
Josh is an interaction designer. He joined Futurefarmers
in 1998 as an AIR, from the Royal College of Art in London.
Together with Futurefarmers he created a series of interactive
mapping systems and games; The Anti War Game, Communiculture
and They Rule.
Michael Swaine, Partner/Collaborator
Michael is an inventor and designer working in many media.
He is the analog anchor of the studio. Michael has collaborated
with Futurefarmers since 1997. 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.
Currently, Michael is teaching at California College of
Futurefarmers works across many media. We enjoy creating
platforms for sociability within new media spaces; internet,
wireless devices and public space. Comfortable in both
traditional and new media, Futurefarmers employ a fertile
approach to every project;
Web design, Interactive
Installations, Print, Illustration, Exhibition
Design, Animation, 3d Character
Development, Packaging, Book
Design, Database Development, Flash, PHP, C , MSQL...
Artist in Residency Program
Since 1995, Futurefarmers has hosted over 19 artists from
8 countries. These artists have developed experimental
and client projects together with Futurefarmers during
their residency and many have continued to collaborate
with us beyond their residency. We work together with residents
to develop personal projects and provide a supportive environment
for research and exploration.
A.I.R. page now...
|Amy and Michael collecting blue-green
algae for Investigations into the Hydrogen
Production of the Blue-Green Algae presented
in collaboration with Jonathan Meuser, Graduate
Researcher - National Renewable Energy Lab,
Golden, CO. during their residency at Anderson