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Futurefarmers, This Is Not a Trojan Horse, 2010. Performance view, Abruzzo, Italy, July 4, 2010. Photo: Daniela d’Arielli.

Futurefarmers

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Futurefarmers, This Is Not a Trojan Horse, 2010. Performance view, Abruzzo, Italy, July 4, 2010. Photo: Daniela d’Arielli.

In 2010, for a project in Abruzzo, Italy, the Futurefarmers art collective built a wooden contraption with a big central wheel. Steered from behind with a shaft similar to the beam of a plow and topped by a bucket- or kitelike appendage made of sticks, the wheel was powered by people walking hamster-like inside it. Trundling around the countryside like a cross between a tractor, a moon rover, and a gargantuan toy, the vehicle—titled This Is Not a Trojan Horse—was a conversation piece, designed to get weather-beaten local farmers, kids, and anyone else who might troop after it to talk, with a video camera present, about agricultural folkways. The artists explained that the rolling forum “wander[ed] freely on a ten-day tour collecting traces of rural practices: seeds, tools and products to enliven the imaginations of farmers through discourse [and] artistic production and

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