Awardee: Michael Swaine

Emerging Fields, 2009

Michael Swaine is an artist and inventor. His projects include Reap What You Sew: Generosity Project, for which he pushed an old-fashioned ice cream-style cart with a sewing machine on it through San Francisco, sewing and repairing clothes for anyone who requested it. His work has been exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure gallery and Headlands Center for the Arts. Swaine studied advanced ceramics and sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received his MA in design from UC Berkeley in 2011. Since 1999, he has worked as part of the artist collective Futurefarmers.

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.