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Futurefarmers

Magazine article Sculpture

Futurefarmers

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Consortium Instabile

Abruzzo, Italy

Primarily known for wine and olive oil, the Abruzzo is also a center of small-scale grain production. In June 2014, San Francisco-based artist collective Futurefarmers set out to create a consortium with these farmers, many of whom live far apart and don't often have the chance to exchange ideas. Consortium Instabile is "first and foremost a group of 12 grain farmers in and around the Abruzzo region," explains Futurefarmers founder Amy Franceschini. "These farmers are growing ancient grains at altitudes above 800 meters, so they are a rare breed." Increasingly, their livelihood has been threatened, not only by a changing economic landscape, but also by oil companies "exploring" the region. The goal of Futurefarmers' ongoing project is to empower local farmers through discussions revolving around the larger topics of rural regeneration and environmental sustainability.

Consortium Instabile takes its name from the idea that instability is a natural condition, one that should be harnessed for the greater good of both the land and humanity. The project continues the work of This is Not a Trojan Horse (2010), which involved a humanpowered wooden "horse" roaming the Abruzzo and serving as a hub for discussions on changing rural conditions. Futurefarmers worked with Pollinaria, a local organic farm that also hosts artist residencies, on both projects. Whereas This is Not a Trojan Horse was mobile and temporary (lasting less than two weeks), Consortium Instabile features a permanent tree house as its home base. …

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