3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Free Soil

Free Soil (Amy Franceschini (US) b. 1970, Patterson, NJ; lives San Francisco; Corinne Matesich (US) lives San Francisco; Stijn Schiffeleers (US/Belgium) lives San Francisco; Michael Swaine; Adam Wight (US)
Free Soil Bus Tour, 2008
Commissioned by ZERO1 as part of Intersections with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Free Soil is an international hybrid collaboration of artists, activists, researchers and gardeners who take a participatory role in the transformation of our environment. Free Soil fosters discourse, develops projects and gives support for critical art practices that reflect and change the urban and natural environment. We believe art can be a catalyst for social awareness and positive change.

Lead artist Amy Franceschini is founder of Futurefarmers and has exhibited internationally at ZKM, Whitney Museum, NYMOMA and SFMOMA. She is the recipient of the Artadia Award, Cultural Innovation, Eureka Fellowship and SFMOMA SECA. BFA, San Francisco State University; MFA, Stanford University. She is currently a professor of art at University of San Francisco and visiting faculty at CCA.

Corinne Matesich draws, researches and will remain a student for quite a while. Her interests are currently in developing a better educational experience through informal paths and collaborative groups, and entertaining ideas for rigorous imagination exercises. She lives in San Francisco, CA, and Tucson, Arizona.

Nis Rømer works with public art in the city, on the web and in the news media. With a playful and interactive approach, he makes situations for change and reflection. He has a special interest in the social and political organization of space and in how processes of globalization affects the city and our natural environment.

Working in many media Stijn Schiffeleers reveals the subtleties of life via film, video and interactive installations. His work embodies a sense of play and sensitivity that reminds us to take a closer look at what surrounds us. Stijn lives and works in San Francisco.

Michael Swaine is an inventor and designer working in many media. He is the analog anchor of the studio. Michael has collaborated with Futurefarmers since 1997. Michael is dedicated to working in the community, Swaine’s “Reap What You Sew” Generosity Project involved him pushing an old fashioned ice cream style cart on wheels with a treadle-operated sewing machine on it through the streets of San Francisco. Currently, Michael is teaching at California College of the Arts.

Adam Wight is an activist and computer scientists and, Worker at two new Berkeley Food Co-ops.

The Free Soil website is a public resource for the exchange of related ideas and for learning. It is a way to connect discourses similar in content but separated by geography. The website includes features, news, and reviews about relevant artists, exhibitions, books, architecture, public projects and sustainability. www.free-soil.org