Walkshop #11, November 3rd, 2018



Walkshop # 11: “Made Land”
November 3rd, 2018, 2pm – 5pm
Led by Daniel Southard 

This walk is an urban hike which will explore the newest area of fill-created land in San Francisco, a quiet and unsung zone that is rapidly changing. We will begin near housing projects, and then hug the shoreline in the EPA Superfund Site and into the State Park, examining the exposed fill as it spills out of the banks of the bayshore. Participants will have a chance to collect their own pieces of the fill, imagining ways to give these objects new lives as artifacts. If humankind is the creator and destroyer of worlds, then this place demonstrates our acceleration of geological time, with land built and new strata laid down, followed by submergence, all in a matter of decades. We will examine these ideas through an artistic and historical lens, taking a clear-eyed view of the depth and beauty of the seemingly mundane.

Daniel Southard is a photographer and installation artist living in San Francisco, and is a third year MFA candidate at San Francisco State University. His current work involves a process akin to mapping, using the tools of cartography in combination with artistic practice, to take the idea of a simple map of a place and and expand it in both breadth and depth.

Here are the most important details if you want to attend:

  • Register: here
  • Location: The hike will leave from Gilman Playground on Gilman Ave. and Griffith St. in the Bayview and end at Candlestick Point. Rides will be available back to the starting point.
  • Start Time: 2pm
  • Duration: approx. 3 hours
  • Equipment: Journal, notebook, camera or related recording devices
  • Clothing: lease bring sturdy shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, long pants, and gloves for handling the fill. Rain or shine! A hat, a snack and/or some cash for food (some places only accept cash), water, and potentially sunscreen. Please consult the weather report for that day when planning what to wear. Layers are encouraged because of the changing microclimate in SF.

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