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Over the last two years, the Futurefarmers collective has envisioned Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and its surrounding environment as sites for investigating material "interruptions." Errata sheets appended into library books, fingerprints embedded during the manufacture of sidewalk bricks, and a literal bug in Harvard’s early Mark II computer are all elements in the artists' multimedia projects "Erratum Two," "Erratum Three" and "De-Bugging" (2017). This exhibition presents these new works along with two existing Futurefarmers' projects that are similarly interested in "errors" as prompts for exploratory facture: "Erratum: Brief Interruptions in the Waste System" (2010) and "Forging a Nail" (2014).
Futurefarmers is a flexible collective of artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists, and farmers. Artists Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine form the core partnership for this exhibition. The group shares a common interest in creating frameworks for, in their words, "catalyzing moments of uncertainty and confusion in productive and illuminating ways.” The collective has exhibited work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Solomon R. Guggenheim, NY, MAXXI in Rome, Italy, New York Hall of Sciences, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among other institutions. Franceschini teaches at the California College of the Arts and Swaine teaches at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Futurefarmers: Errata—Brief Interruptions is guest-curated by Rebecca Uchill.
Special thanks to the Robbins Philosophy Library at Harvard University, and Stiles and Art Brick Company for their support.