Amy Franceschini is an artist and designer who creates work that facilitates encounter, exchange and tactile forms of inquiry by calling into question the "certainties" of a given time or place where a work is situated. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature". Her projects reveal the history and currents of contradictions related to this divide by challenging systems of exchange and the tools we use to "hunt" and "gather". Using this as a starting point, she provides new tools for an audience to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry; not only to imagine, but also to participate in and initiate change in the places we live. 

In 1995, Amy founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists, activists, researchers, farmers and architects who work together to propose alternatives to the social, political and environmental organization of space. Founded in 1995, their design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and their research interests. Futurefarmers use various media to deconstruct systems to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics; food systems, public transportation, education. Through this disassembly they find new narratives and reconfigurations that form alternatives to the principles that once dominated these systems. They have created temporary schools, books, bus tours, and large-scale exhibitions internationally. 

Amy received her BFA from San Francisco State University in Photography and her MFA from Stanford University. She has taught in the visual arts graduate programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Stanford University. Amy is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow and has received grants from the Cultural Innovation Fund, Creative Work Fund and the Graham Foundation.

2002 MFA Stanford University
1992 BFA San Francisco State University


Seed Mast, The James Gallery at CUNY, NYC
Annual Harvest, BudaLab Green Light District Exhibition, Kortrijk/Limburgh, Belgium
Flatbread Society: Land Grant, Broad Art Museum Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Consortium Instabile, The Independent Food Currated by Giulia Ferracci, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
Forging a Nail, Biennial of the America's, Santa Fe, NM
A Variation on Rossum's Universal Robots, Craft Forwarding Conference, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Taking Stock, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Ethnobotanical Station, New York Hall of Science, New York, NY
Shoemaker's Dialogues, Guggenheim, New York, NY
Soil Kitchen, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Reverse Ark II, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
The People's Roulette, Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale, Hong Kong, China
Nearest Nature, Urban Concerns, BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden
The time is NOW, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Gardening Silicon Valley Superfund Sites, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, Davis,CA
Futurefarmers: Points of Origin, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
Fiction of Mass, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
We Are All Meteorites, Ramp Gallery, Waikato Inst. of Tech., New Zealand, rm401, Auckland, New Zealand. Inside the Greenhouse‚Ķ 
Utopia, Electronic Orphanage, Los Angeles, CA
Tention, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Futurefarmers Happening, Sapporo Art Park, Japan
On-Shore Couture: Franceschini/Swaine Fashion Show, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Concurrently, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Project Room, San Francisco, CA

SECA Award Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Do-it-Yourself, Columbia College A+ D Gallery, Chicago, IL
Leonardo da Vinci: Man Inventor, Genuis, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
A Step Aside, Magasin d’en Face - Die - La Plateforme - Diwan - e-TAZ, Grenoble, France
Free Soil Bus Tour, ISEA 2006, San Jose, CA
Hybrid Fields, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA
Artadia Award Show, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA
Dingpolitik: Atmospheres of Democracy, ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Safe: Design Takes on Risk, NY MOMA, New York, NY
Dumb Economy, Funny Democracy, Impossible Projects, Rooseum, Malmo, Sweden
Shop Dropping, Pond, San Francisco, CA
Beyond Green: Towards a Sustainable Art, Smart Museum, Chicago, IL
This Way Please, Pond, San Francisco, CA
Art + Communication Festival, RIXC Centre for New Media Riga, Latvia
California Biennial, Orange County Museum, Santa Ana, CA. 
Bang the Machine: SF Gaming Scene, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Imagine Interface, Looking Glass, Brussels, Belgium
Nat'l Design Triennial, Cooper Hewitt-National Design Museum, New York, NY
Media Knitting, v2: Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam, Holland
Artbots, Eyebeam, New York, NY
No War, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Neen Show, Casco Projects, Utrecht, Holland
Vasi Communicati , Museo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Flight, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Whitney Biennale, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
MFA Show, Stanford University Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Utopia Now, California College of Arts + Crafts, Oakland, CA
Tirana Biennale: Interactive Art, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Tirana Biennale, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania. 
Interactive Media Exposition, World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Holland
Interactive Media Award Show, Transmediale New Media Art Festival, Berlin. Germany
Interactive Media Award Show, Osnabruck Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany
Bay Area Now II, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
SF Emerging New Media Artists, Gen Art: New Fangle, San Francisco, CA
Dig It: Digital Art in Technological Times, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Mixing Messages, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY
Shell Beach Elementary School 2nd Grade Science Fair Awards, Midstate Bank Lobby, Arroyo Grande, CA

Orange County Museum of Art, Painting and Sculpture Collection, 2004
San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, Design + Architecture Collection, 2001
San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, New Media Collection, 1997

Anderson Ranch, Aspen, Colorado, 2006
Mobile Outskirts: Transcultural Mapping 10 day journey to Lofoten Island, Norway, 2004
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, 2003

SFMOMA SECA Recipient, 2006
Artadia Award: The Fund for Art and Dialog, 2005
Eureka Fellowship Recipient, Fleishhacker Foundation, 2004
DNA Award. Die Kulturinitiative von Videor Technical R??dermark, 2001
Ars Electronica Golden Nica, They Rule, 2001
Transmediale New Media Award, Berlin, Germany, 2000
World Wide Video New Media Award, Amsterdam, Holland, 2000
Webby Award for Art and Design, 1998
Webby Award for Art and Design, 1997

Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook, edited by Max Andrews
Beyond Green, Frieze, pg. 89, Julia Bryan-Wilson
Hactivism: La d?©pendance aux gadgets high-tech, Lib?©ration, Marie Lechner, pg. 34
California Biennial, Artforum, pg.168, Jan Tumlir
Safe: Design Takes on New Risk, NYMOMA Exhibition Catalog
Making Things Public, Bruno Latour, ZKM Exhibition Catalog
Balancing Art and the Environment, Metropolis Magazine, Rebecca Veit
Beyond Green, Towards A Sustainable Art, Smart Museum Exhibition Catalog
Practice Makes Perfect, Art Week, Marisa Olson
Digital Habitats, RES magazine
California Biennial, Artforum, pg.168
Futurefarmers @ University of the Pacific, Stockton, Art Week, Marisa Olson
Art and Politics, They Rule, Mute Magazine
Adbusters. They Rule 
Silicon Valley: Inside the Dream Incubator, National Geographic, Cathy Newman
The Industry Standard. Culture Feature: Futurefarmers
SF Magazine: Artists of the Future
San Francisco Chronicle Datebook. Bay Area Now. 
Arts Monthly. Review of Bay Area Now. 
Print Magazine: New Visual Artists pg. 143-145
San Francisco Chronicle Front Page: Webby Award

The Politics of Play. Pixelache Festival, Paris, France (1 day) 
The Politics of Play. Lynfabrikken, Aarhus, Denmark (1 day) 
Physical Computing Workshop. University of Oregon, Eugene (5 days) 
Collaborative Mapping. FITC Toronto, Canada (1 day) 
Sensitive Spaces. Fabrica/Benneton, Treviso, Italy (3 days) 
Communectivity: Connecting People in Public Space, Vooruit, Gent (5 days) 
Vlotjes door Gent (Floating Architecture for Gent). Spotters, Gent, Belgium (5 days) 
Analog Robots, Academy of Media Arts (KHM). Koln, German (5 days) 
Media Knitting, DEAF (Dutch Electronic Art Festival). Rotterdam (3 days) 
Connectivity, Madrettor Festival. Rotterdam (1 day) 
Constructing Superhero, Fabrica/Benneton, Treviso, Italy (3 days) 
Social Games, Flash Forward, Hong Kong (1 day) 

Lynfabrikken, Aarhus, Denmark. Visiting Artist Series
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Collectives, Collaborations and Groups
Kent State University, Ohio, Art and Architecture Series
Compostmodern, AIGA Conference, San Francisco
Anderson Ranch, Aspen, Colorado. Residence Lecture
UC Davis. Nature + Culture Department
University of Oregon, Eugene. Art + Architecture Department Visiting Lecture Series
Milan Triennial of Architecture, Milan, Italy. Utopia and Betrayl
Outside/In: Goteborg Sweden: Panel on Public Space
San Francisco Art Institute, Graduate Lecture Series
Pasadena Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. New Media Lecture Series
Vooruit, Gent, Belgium. Communectivity, Keynote
Lynfabrikken, Aarhus, Denmark. Visiting Artist Series: Make it Public
MIT Lab Europe, Dublin Ireland: Physical Computing
DATA: Dublin Art and Technology Association, Dublin, Ireland. Visiting Artist Series
Cal Arts, Valencia: Visiting Lecture Series
Pasadena Art Center College of Design, Visiting Lecture Series
Vasi Communicati. Museo Fortuny. Venice Italy
Massey University. Art Dept. Wellington, NZ. Visiting Lecture Series
University of Otago, Art Dept. Dunedin, NZ Visiting Lecture Series
Auckland University Of Technology. NZ Visiting Lecture Series
SPARC 2002: Media Arts, NZ Futurefamers
Waikato Institute of Technology, Waikato, NZ Visiting Lecture Series
manTRANSforms: Technology + Culture. NY Futurefamers
Concordia University, Montreal. Declarations
Fabrica/ Benneton, Treviso, Italy. Visiting Artist
The Art, Technology, And Culture Colloquium: UC Berkley
SFMOMA: AIGA Design Lecture Series
Pasadena Art Center College, Digital Dialogues
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Visiting Lecture Series
University of Minnesota, Duluth, Visiting Lecture Series
Cameraworks, San Francisco, CA. Net Futurama Panel Discussion
San Francisco Art Institute, Visiting Lecture Series
Stanford Alumni Digital Media Conference
Cal Arts, Valencia, CA. Visiting Lecture Series