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Futurefarmers: Amy Franceschini/Michael Swaine

Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine have been working together collaboratively since 1999. With an aim to cultivate consciousness, Franceshini/Swaine create projects which explore rituals of human and natural systems. They have been commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and The Exploratorium to realize interdisciplinary, site-specific projects. Together Franceschini and Swaine continue pursue a constant inquiry into the role of technology within sustainable environmental projects.

Amy Franceschini was born in 1970 in Patterson, California. She received her BFA from San Francisco State University (1992), and a MFA from Stanford University (2002). She is currently teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute. Amy is the founder of Futurefarmers, an artists collective and design studio. In 1995, she co-founded the internet's first web zine: Atlas Magazine. Since that time, she has developed multimedia projects and taught workshops internationally for galleries and festivals alike.
Michael Swaine was born in Buffalo, New York and received his BFA from Alfred University. Michael has worked in conjunction with the Exploratorium on several projects, most recently, Traits of Life. Michael recieved a grant from CCAC and the National Endowment for the Arts to be a "Roving Tailor" who sews for free in the streets of San Francisco.

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