Futurefarmer Franceschini to visit UGA


The Lamar Dodd School of Art, The Willson Center and ICE bring interdisciplinary artist Amy Franceschini to campus on March 6.

Franceschini will deliver the lecture[ 4 p.m., 101 MLC] "Art is a Verb," which focuses on her recent work with sustainable energy, urban food production and dialogues between artists and scientists. She is the founder of Futurefarmers, a critically acclaimed group of artists and designers who have worked together since 1995. Their innovative studio produces art projects, design for print and interactive websites, workshops and research that explores social, cultural and environmental systems. Futurefarmers hosts artists from around the world in residency programs that offer a platform for collaboration and research.

Franceschini and Futurefarmers have been featured in exhibitions at institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum; Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, where they were winner of the Prix Ars Electronica, the top prize in new media art; and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum for the Smithsonian National Design Triennial. Their clients include Adobe, Swatch, Hewlett Packard, Levi's, Nike, LucasFilm Ltd., Dreamworks, the New York Times, PBS and Wired Magazine. They received a Webby Award in art and design and, in 2007, created the Twitter logo.

The Twitter logo, no less. We talk about creativity all the time and this is another example of our colleagues on campus bringing in the best of the best to share with the campus community. I encourage you to research Futurefarmers, come to the lecture, engage.

Image: Futurefarmers design.

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