Futurefarmers, Amy Franceschini and Michael Swain // A Variation On Powers of Ten

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A Variation on Powers of Ten uses the opening picnic scene of Charles and Ray Eames’s film Powers of Ten as score to guide ten discussions. The result of a research-based residency at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the publication includes four essays and ten interviews with researchers whose work relates to one of the magnitudes of ten of the 1968 IBM-commissioned film. Like the stage of a microscope, the blanket becomes a stage where the act of inventorying and recording becomes the content of the work. Books, journals, food, and objects are recast and serve as cues pointing back to the film and forward to each researcher’s own work.

In ten picnics, Futurefarmers journeys through fields of inquiry ranging from philosophy to ecology, microbiology, astrobiology, environmental science, geography, and urban studies. Comparing today’s practices with those in 1968, researchers discuss the changing landscape of their field and the tools they use or invent to gather, quantify, and measure their research.

168 pages, hardcover with dust jacket
Published by Sternberg Press
$25.00