Founded in 1995, Futurefarmers is a San Francisco–based interdisciplinary collective of artists aligned through an open practice of making art that is socially, politically, and environmentally relevant. Futurefarmers’ projects often involve a residency that engages an institution and its community. Many of the group’s activities are conducted in the spirit of free or radical schools that facilitate alternative forms of learning, sharing, and research.
As part of Open Field, the Walker is partnering with Northern Lights.mn to commission and present a new Futurefarmers project. A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard is a one-month series of workshops, film screenings, and public events that harness the voice to explore the commons. We use our voices to sing, protest, comfort, teach, tell stories, haggle, and express a range of emotions. When voices come together, a collective energy emerges that creates new forms of public interaction and space. Auctioneers, theorists, choirs, ethnomusicologists, local newspapers, artists, and speech pathologists have been invited to consider “voice” as a tool for exchange. Like a barn raising, the artists, their collaborators, and the public will come together to lift the voice of the people.
Working with a core group of local art students, Futurefarmers Amy Franceschini, Michael Swaine, and Dan Allende will look at ways that the voice has been used in song to pass time, to elevate the spirit, and to create camaraderie. The new group will then teach what they learn to the public throughout the month. The project culminates with a large public event on Saturday, September 4.
A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard Public Workshops
Thursday, August 12, 6–10 pm
Film screening, 8:45 pm
Join Futurefarmers for evening of performances, workshops, and film screenings. Local performers will open for a screening of short films related to “voice.” Bring a picnic and blanket.
Thursday, August 19, 3–8 pm
Various spaces in Open Field
Local hackers, builders, and tinkerers teach workshops based on their own ideas of how to amplify, coordinate, and channel our individual and collective voice.
A People Without a Voice Cannot Be Heard is commissioned by Northern Lights.mn and the Walker Art Center.
About Northern Lights.mn
Northern Lights is a roving, collaborative, interactive-media-oriented arts agency based in the Twin Cities. It presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology to engender new relationships between audience and artwork, citizenry and the built environment.
For more information about Futurefarmers, visit http://www.futurefarmers.com/.
For details about the residency, visit http://www.futurefarmers.com/buildingavoicebox/about.html.
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