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Amy Franceschini

Amy is an artist and designer who creates formats for exchange and production that question the social, cultural and environmental systems that surround her. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature". Her projects reveal the history and currents of contradictions related to this divide by challenging systems of exchange and the tools we use to "hunt" and "gather". Using this as a starting point, she often provides a playful entry point and tools for an audience to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry; not only to imagine, but to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.

Lode Vranken

Lode Vranken has been practicing architecture internationally since 1993. In 1993, he received his masters in a UN Course on Human Settlements + Architectural Philosophy from the KU

Nick Almquist

Nick Almquist is a freelance visual designer who lives and works in Oakland, California. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore prior to receiving a BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, and he attended the Werkplaats Typografie Summer School at ISIA Urbino in August 2012. His personal life is motivated by a perpetual hunt for disused VHS tapes and superior Chinese food.

Stijn Schiffeleers

Working in many media Stijn reveals the subtleties of life via film, video and interactive installations. His work embodies a sense of play and sensitivity that reminds us to take a closer look at what surrounds us. He has been seen most recently soaring above the streets of San Francisco in a canoe mounted to the top of the Futurefarmers Volvo.

Michael Swaine

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. Michael received his B.F.A. from Alfred University in Ceramics and his M.A. in Design from UC Berkeley. Currently, Michael is teaching at California College of the Arts and Mills College.