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Gardening Superfund Sites Silicon Valley, Futurefarmers (US)


For OFFLOAD, Futurefarmers will be revisiting their earlier Gardening Superfund Sites Silicon Valley project.

A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. Next to the nuclear industry, the largest producer of contaminants in the air, land, and water is the electronics industry.

The initial Gardening Superfund Sites Silicon Valley project questioned the influences and contradictions related to technical “innovation” and eWaste in relation to sustainable development. To date, as part of this project, Futurefarmers and their collaborators have lead and hosted a series of projects, such as a Seed Sculpture and Biodegradable Parachute workshop and tour in a Biodiesel Bus of Superfund sites.

Reflecting on the local and global environmental influences of the Silicon Valley, Gardening Superfund Sites project will be extended at OFFLOAD, by examining the influences of technical production, consumption, eWaste and other similar issues in relation to Bristol’s history. As part of this project, Futurefamers will be conducting a short period of research in Bristol and exploring how the use of natural and manufactured materials local to the OFFLOAD site can be reused for alternative purposes.

EVENT: INSTALLATION, EXHIBITION
DATE: 13TH-16TH SEPT
LOCATION: OFFLOAD EXHIBITION, HACKING SPIKE: SPIKE ISLAND
OPENING: 13TH SEPT, FROM 19.00

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Credits

Futurefarmers

About the Creator

Futurefarmers is a group of multidisciplinary artist and practitioners creating projects that question and challenge social, cultural and environmental systems through collaborative practices manifested "on" and "offline" in the form of dynamic websites, installations, open-access laboratories, and educational platforms that encourage new formats for engagement and production.

Often taking form as long-term engagements with the public, thier projects interrogate the politics of space and ways that globalization affects the natural and built environment. The images of growth pervading thier work invoke an appreciation for finite resources and function as a metaphor to value and nurture our own creative resources.

Futurefarmers was founded in 1995, and has exhibitioned internationally including ZKM, Whitney Museum, NYMOMA and SFMOMA. Collectively, they teach at Stanford University, California College for the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute.