February 7, 2017 - Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University - Futurefarmers: Errata—Brief Interruptions
February 7, 2017

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University

Futurefarmers, Erratum: Brief Interruptions in the Waste Stream, 2010. Photo: Michael Bartalos. Courtesy of the artists.  

Errata—Brief Interruptions
February 9–April 9, 2017

Opening: February 9, 5:30–7:30pm, performance: De-bugging, 6pm

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University
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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: Erratum: Brief Interruptions in the Waste Stream (2010) and Forging a Nail (2014).

A performance based on the new works, De-Buggingwill be presented during the opening reception on Thursday, February 9, 6pm. The performance will feature the FuturefarmersElaine Buckholtz, Floor van de Velde, and an “experimental choir.”  

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, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York;  MAXXI in Rome, Italy; New York Hall of Sciences, Queens; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among other institutions. Franceschini teaches at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Swaine teaches at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Guest curator for Futurefarmers: Errata—Brief InterruptionsRebecca Uchill 

Special thanks to Robbins Library of Philosophy at Harvard University, Center for the Arts and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Northeastern University, and Stiles and Hart Brick Company.

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