A collection of prototypes of speculative souvenirs for unexplored geographies, which include flags, wall prints, work uniforms, and a broadside publication of photographs, texts, and patterns. Through this multi-faceted collaborative production we are negotiating the current territory of communication and identity formation through email, and Skype communications. Prototypes being produced are hybrids of the hand, digital and “factory.”

FUTURE FORCE GEO SPECULATORS is a collaborative group founded in 2013 by artists Carole Frances Lung, Ellen Rothenberg and Christine Tarkowski. Their impulse to form this collective stems from their common interest in the use of “textile” as a creative and social medium. Though each artist intersects with the material within their creative production, each capitalizes upon unique aspects of “textile” as cultural or historic carrier. Their themes of collective or individual exploration include: histories of textile and garment manufacturing from cottage industry to global production; craft/art/design dialog; social and gendered histories of labor; and textiles as surface, sculpture and architecture. The mission of FFGS is to function as an artist collaboration, which through research and production furthers the collective knowledge and output within this field.

FFGS’s creative practice engages in a pluralistic production research format. We value the physical process of hand and studio based making as well as project driven research to generate ideas and artistic solutions. Our terrain of output is variable in that we do not prioritize one form of making over another. Forms of output include architecturally scaled works, public proposals, propositional models and drawings, texts, performances, social actions, publications, and installations. We are interested in exploring the studios’ relationship to historical production, the interweaving of American craft and manufacturing traditions, utopic communities, notions of Sci-Fi Feminism, and the monumental relative to the inconsequential.

SALLY TIMMS a singer best known for her long involvement with the mekons.  She collaborated with The Future Force Geo Speculators and produced a sound installation for REMOTE CENTRAL and gave a special performance at the opening.