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Young Farmers Claim Future

Young Farmers Claim Future are a Belgian-based digital art duo.

Young Farmers Claim Future

Young Farmers Claim Future

Young Farmers Claim Future are Herbert Van De Sompel and Guy c. Jules Van Belle (aka GuyZ), a Belgian-based digital art duo. The two farmers were the (co)founders of Stellingname (1984-89): a music project wherein the main instrument consisted of a 60-meter steel pipe construction, wrought together in a triangular shape and prepared with electro-acoustic devices, strings, rubber, water and plastic. The musicians would mount the construction, and move about in order to play it. 

In 1991, Herbert and GuyZ reunited to attend an IRCAM workshop in Paris. This resulted in a radical shift to computer music, and eventually to Young Farmers Claim Future. In 1992, two American vocalists teamed up with the Farmers to perform The Newspaper Sessions, and The Neckhair Chronicles (1993). Both pieces appear on the Farmers CD Unploughed (Sub Rosa, 1995). In order to escape their claustrophobic local situation, the Farmers spent a rainy summer constructing The Barn, which is an internet version of their archives (you can also find The Barn as a CD-ROM track on the Unploughed CD). The latter was exhibited at the 1994 ISEA conference in Helsinki, Finland.

The Farmers have performed at various (digital) arts festivals.

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