Futurefarmers is an umbrella name for a body of artists specializing in creative investigation, research, and the development of new work. Through collaboration, they explore the relationship of concept and creative process between interdisciplinary artists, cultivating consciousness.
Futurefarmers has hosted an artist in residency program since 1998. Through this residency program they have fostered working relations with a network of international artists with whom they continue to collaborate.
Futurefarmers was founded in 1995 by Amy Franceschini. Josh On and Sacha Merg have worked in partnership with Amy since 1998. Projects they created include Holding Pattern(s), a kinetic sculpture effected by fluctuating traffic data streaming from the Internet; They Rule, a website that allows you to create maps of the interlocking directories of the top 100 companies in the US; and most recently Playshop, an open-access space which houses workshops and projects which question or challenge the role of technology and propose alternatives to the cultural, social and economic systems we live in.
Amy currently teaches new media courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute; Josh On is working on They Rule v.2 which includes the Fortune 500; and Sascha Merg and Amy are working on a set of online community tools for Greenpeace Germany.
This project links out to the Playshop website which is no longer functional, but can view viewed in the Internet Archive.
Every month from March 2001 to February 2006 an artist was invited to present their work in the form of a “Gate Page” on artport. Each of these pages functioned as a portal to the artist's own sites and projects.
Wherever necessary and possible, these works are made functional through emulation and reconstructions from the Internet Archive. Not all of them have been restored to their original state and their conservation is ongoing. You can also view the original Gate Pages archive to see how they were presented at the time of their creation.
See more on artport, the Whitney Museum's portal to Internet and new media art.