Exhibition: Futurefarmers: Errata-Brief Interruptions


Thu - Sun, Feb 9 to Apr 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Level 1 + Level 3, Sert Gallery

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free
Galleries open: Thu–Sun, 12–6 pm
Runs: February 9-April 16, 2017
Opening Reception + PerformanceThu, Feb 9, 5:30–7:30 pm; 6 pm: De-Bugging 

Over the last two years, the Futurefarmers collective has envisioned Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and its surrounding environment as sites for considering material "interruptions.” A series of disruptions in seemingly authoritative objects—fingerprints in red sidewalk bricks, errata slips in philosophy books, and a literal bug that stopped the machinery of an historic computer—are the elements generating the artists’ new multimedia projects Erratum TwoErratum Three and De-Bugging. What can result from pausing with these interruptions in form and meaning, bringing to them curiosity and wonder? This exhibition presents new works prompted by this question, along with earlier Futurefarmers projects that also demonstrate the collective's interest in "errors" as prompts for exploratory facture. 

De-Bugging will be presented during the opening reception on Thu, Feb 9, 6 pm, and will feature the FuturefarmersElaine Buckholtz, Floor van de Velde, and an “experimental choir.”


Over the course of the last year, the Futurefarmers collective has envisioned the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (CCVA) as a launching point for investigations into the idea of an “error.” Looking at errata sheets appended into library books, fingerprint traces made in the manufacture of sidewalk bricks, and a literal bug in Harvard’s early Mark II computer, their research has expanded to include thematics of historiography, material facture, and knowledge-production. This exhibition will include elements of this work, as well as two existing Futurefarmers projects that each take multifold forms as research, publication, and art installation: 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