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Tender Farms

Jan 13 – Mar 3, 2024

In a future dominated by synthetic sustenance, Tender Farms emerges as the leader in this convergence of machinery and animal husbandry. Paul Belenky and Emma Anne Johnson, the  founders of Tender Farms, present this installation at MassArt x SoWa, offering an intricate vision of a petting zoo set in a reality where lab-grown meat and mechanized farming have made flesh and blood farm animals a forgotten phenomenon. 

This installation transforms the exhibition space into a multimedia display of mechanized animals. Central to this exhibit are LED-lit electric sheep, featuring heads replaced by functional TV screens alongside electro-mechanical chickens programmed to simulate egg-laying through the deployment of propane-based mechanisms. Futuristic aluminum corn entities engage in the mechanized production of corn in the form of cans, deviating from the conventional cob paradigm.

A network of motion sensors, switches, and knobs intricately woven into the environment invites visitor interaction. Activation of these components triggers dynamic responses, manifesting as luminous displays of wires, circuits, and lighting. The intended effect is a sensory immersion into our future where the production of dairy and eggs is contingent upon electrical input rather than feed and water.

Tender Farms presents detailed drawings and blueprints, providing a technical exposition of the exhibition’s meticulously engineered machinations. A multitude of  meat and dairy products are showcased throughout, demonstrating how we at Tender Farms make your meat in machines that look like meat. Tender Farms and its machines are here not only to satisfy your nostalgia, but also to feed the hungry mouths of future generations. 

We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to invite you into Tender Farms. We hope to reminisce with you there about the obsolescent farm animals of the past while also showing you the way forward. Drink your milk!

 

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2023 Design Biennial

Oct 21 – Nov 19, 2023

MassArt x SoWa // 2023 MFA Summer Thesis Exhibition

2023 MFA SUMMER THESIS

Jul 22 – Aug 13, 2023

MassArt x SoWa | In This Body of Mine 2023 | Stephanie

In this body of mine

Jun 10 – Jul 16, 2023

MassArt x SoWa | 2023 MFA Spring Thesis Part II | Installation view | Photo by Rebecca Morrison | Work from Hadis Karami + Kierra LoRayne

2023 MFA THESIS | PART II

May 20 – Jun 4, 2023

2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition (Part I) | MassArt x SoWa

2023 MFA THESIS | PART I

Apr 29 – May 14, 2023

Speculative Futurisms | MassArt x SoWa | Dennis Svoronos

Speculative Futurisms

Mar 11 – Apr 23, 2023

The Hour of Lead | MassArt x SoWa

The Hour of Lead

Jan 14 – Mar 5, 2023

2022 Design Biennial | MassArt x SoWa | Installation View | Meyer + Smillie

2022 Design Biennial

Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2023

The New Drawing Room | MassArt x SoWa | Karmimadeebora McMillan

The New Drawing Room

Aug 20 – Sep 25, 2022

Material Agency | MassArt SoWa | Stephanie Cardon

MATERIAL AGENCY

May 28 – Jul 17, 2022

2022 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION

Apr 23 – May 22, 2022

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Triple Oscillation // MassArt x SoWa

Triple Oscillation

Jan 15 – Mar 6, 2022

The Nature of Your Departure

Dec 3 – Jan 9, 2022

Yeah, I'm Doing Great | MassArt x SoWa | Installation Shot

Yeah, I'm Doing Great

Oct 30 – Nov 28, 2021

Zaire Love | MassArt x SoWa Protest and Power

Protest and Power

Sep 24 – Oct 24, 2021

2021 MFA Spring Thesis

May 3 – Jun 6, 2021