Awardee: Amy Franceschini

Emerging Fields, 2009

Amy Franceschini is an artist and educator whose work includes websites, installations and open-access laboratories. Franceschini founded the collective Futurefarmers in 1995 and co-founded Free Soil in 2004. Her solo and collaborative work has been included in exhibitions internationally at venues including ZKM Center for Art and Media, the Whitney Museum, MoMA in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Edith Russ Site for Media Art. Her awards include a Graham Foundation grant, an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the SECA Art Award from SFMOMA, an Artadia Award, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and a Eureka Fellowship. Franceschini is currently a visiting faculty at CCA and Stanford University Art Department.

Project: Shoemaker's Dialogues

_Shoemaker's Dialogues_ is a series of sculptures, public programs, actions, commissioned texts and a limited edition book that contemplate a series of dialogues that were said to have taken place outside of the Agora between Socrates and Simon the Shoemaker. An installation inside the Guggenheim museum will serve as an anchor for several actions, including three off-site Dialogues, three Sole/Soul Sermons, Pedestrian Press and Ink Collection. Ink will be made from particulate matter collected in front of shoemaker and shoe repair stores in the five boroughs of New York City. This ink will be used to print commissioned texts on a large-scale roll of paper to be rolled out on the streets of New York and printed using a set of 26 shoes with letters on their soles.

Collab: Futurefarmers

Futurefarmers is a group of artists and designers working together since 1995. We are artists, researchers, designers, farmers, scientists, engineers, illustrators, people who know how to sew, cooks and bus drivers with a common interest in creating work that challenges current social, political and economic systems. Our design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residency program and our research interests. Futurefarmers works across many media. This studio has evolved as a means to support Futurefarmers art practice and fellow protagonists in the road to positive change. We enjoy creating platforms for collective learning and engagement. We are a dynamic group of practitioners who provide services for cultural institutions, activist groups and organizations rooted in the transformative power of knowledge sharing and transmission. Our collective body forms a diverse knowledge and skill base that includes graphic design, architecture, urbanism, philosophy, ecology, industrial design, computer programming, information visualization, food practices, research, educational programing. We are aligned by shared interest and dreams.