Join us for the launch ofFree Soil, an annual journal with a focus on systems related to farming; land use, environmental justice, globalization, economy, and water. Practitioners from many fields are invited to contribute–providing a diverse perspective to be cast upon the pages of each journal. The journal is an offshoot of a blog that was created in 2005 by a group of geographically dispersed artists, activists and gardeners with a common interest in the social and political organization of space–who makes the decisions about these spaces and who is affected by those decisions.
The first issue FARMING 2050 will be the focus of the evening. In a one-day experiment, eleven artists, farmers, writers, policy makers, architects and philosophers were invited to imagine farming in 2050. What will it look like and how will we get there? What materialized was a range of apprehensions, evaluations and revelatory combinations of fact and fiction that offer a diverse look on the future of farming. This hyper-local portrait of critical, San Francisco voices reflects a sense of optimism intertwined with serious demands to re-evaluate the current logic that dominates our food system.
Our discussion will be moderated byFree Soileditor Amy Franceschini in conversation with several of the journal’s contributors including Brooke Budner, Ignacio Valero, Michael Swaine, Chris Carlsson, Marina McDougall and Blair Randall.
Founded in 2006 the Studio for Urban Projects is an art and design collaborative that seeks to advance civic engagement and further public dialogue. Our inter-discilinary and research-based projects aim to provoke change by re- framing our perceptions of the city and physically transforming elements of the built environ-ment. Our storefront space in the San Francisco Mission District is a public venue for the staging of workshops, talks, film screenings and meals.