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Seed Journey: Amy Franceschini / Futurefarmers

Futurefarmers was founded in 1995 by Californian artist Amy Franceschini. The collective comprises of artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers; each bringing a different perspective and expertise to the group. By working collaboratively they can visualize and understand the way systems interact with and control our everyday lives and begin to question and deconstruct social systems such as food policies, public transportation and rural farming networks. Their work provides playful entry points and tools for participants to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry- not only to imagine, but to produce knowledge through experiences with the places we live, materials we touch and food we consume.

Seed Journey Installation at Cardiff

Flat Bread

Traditionally, flatbread is basically unleavened bread, which is made without yeast. Flour, water, and salt are the main ingredients. It's rolled out flat and cooked, usually in a brick oven. While it originated in ancient Egypt, many cultures have versions of flatbread. From naan in Afghanistan and India to the tortilla in Central and South America, the flatbread has been produced just about everywhere


September 17; 2016 - Seed Journey Send Off: Oslo

Future Farmers: 2015 Currently, group members are combining their interests in what they call a Flatbread Society sea journey, a seven-year project loosely based in Oslo. In the Swedish port, the group has launched several projects, including gathering ancient non-GMO grains that have fallen out of use and constructing community ovens where people may bake the traditional, long-lasting Norwegian flatbread. The ovens, explained Franceschini, have already taken on a creative life of their own, as many in Oslo’s immigrant community — including many from the Middle East — recognized the basic hive shape from their own cultures. The next phase of the project will begin next October and involves sailing from Oslo to the Middle East. Stopping in London, as well as various points in Europe, the journey will transport scientists and farmers, along with their grains, re-creating ancient routes. “We’re taking the seeds we’ve grown back to their origins,” explained Swaine, noting that even though those origins are contested, it is likely that wheat — like most agriculture — spread north from the Middle East.