A short wander through moments of crisis that have been mitigated by humans who care. 

We will invoke clever strategies used to build movements, introduce unsung heroes and popular instigators of change. This lecture will be made available to all and is seen as an index, a starting point for further looking. 

What strategies of action can we draw from?

What forms of action do we enact?

Who are our “allies” in building movements? 

Do you know your neighbors? 


Amy Franceschini

is the founder of Futurefarmers, an international group of artists, architects, anthropologists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks of participation that recalibrate our cultural compass through moments of wonder. with a common interest in creating frameworks of participation that recalibrate our cultural compass. Their work uses various media to enact situations that disassemble habitual apparatus. Through public art, architecture, museum installations, publications and temporary educational programs inside institutions, they have transformed public policy, urban planning, educational curricula and public transportation plans. Futurefarmers’ work often creates relational sculptures and tools for audiences to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry- not only to imagine, but also to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.

Lode Vranken

has been the lead architect and philosopher of Futurefarmers since 2008. Lode’s fascination with installing situations of renewed socio-spacial dynamics began with a Transpolar Catapult built in Anchorage, Alaska and has manifest in various modalities since then. Lode has been practicing architecture internationally since 1993. He received his masters in a UN Course on Human Settlements + Architectural Philosophy from the KU Leuven, Belgium. He has been teaching since 2005 as a Ned delegate at The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain and from 1993-94 at the Asian Institute for Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. Lode co-founded the architectural research coalition, De Bouwerij in Belgium that focuses on social living structures, passive housing, and zero 
energy construction. He is also a partner of Dear Pigs in Belgium and member of the The Ghent School for Metaphysic 

Between 2011 – 2018, Futurefarmers were the lead artists of Flatbread Society, a permanent public artwork situated in the former harbor of Oslo, Norway. They have published A Variation on Powers of Ten with Sternberg Press, 2012; For Want of a Nail, MIT Press, 2018. They have exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim, 2010, New York Museum of Modern Art 2008, Whtiney Biennial 2000, 2017 Sharjah Biennale, the 2018 Taipei Biennale and Amy is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship 

3 recommended readings or other media
  • Challenging the Chip, Ted Smith
  • The Devil and Commodity Fetishism, Michael Taussig
  • Wind Theater, The Story of the Village that went to the wind,  Futurefarmers