The Futurefarmers on picnics and Powers of Ten

The Futurefarmers discuss their project A Variation on the Powers of Ten (2011), which draws inspiration from the 1968/77 documentary Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames film opens on a picnic; the camera first moves out, in factors of ten, toward the edges of space, and then reverses, moving inward to the subatomic level. In 2011, Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine of Futurefarmers invited ten scholars from major universities, each assigned a power of ten, to sit with them for al fresco feasts featuring menus and conversation topics of the scholars' choosing.