Digital Farm Collective

All images sourced from urbanplough.com and Places journal.
 Recently via the online Architecture/landscape/urbanism journal Places, I was excited to come across the Phoenix based artist and farmer Matthew Moore. Among other works creating an interactive-mechanized-transplanting-sculpture, large-scale earthworks and installations, Moore founded the Digital Farm Collective in which he began collecting and arranging footage of the agricultural cycle from seed to harvest. He installed these time-lapse films in markets at the Sundance Film Festival for veggie buyers to contemplate. I love the idea, as simple as it is. Without getting all preachy about local/sustainable/organic/blah/blah, one must agree that there is a certain absurdity to the fact that most people don't really know what food looks like when it grows out of the ground. On an artist's level, I can appreciate his ability to interact with the public with these arrangements. On a farmer's level, I know how enjoyable, rewarding and fundamental the raising of food feels plus how important it is that more people plant a few things and throw the scraps out to a couple chickens... then make art about it. Moore quotes his father:

there is nothing you can learn in school that you can't learn on the farm

Learn more about Matthew Moore.

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