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Walkshop #15, March 9th, 2019

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Walkshop #15: “Hidden Waters”

March 9th, 2019, 2–4 PM

Led by Stairwell’s (Carey Lin & Gabriel Gilder)

Explore the western Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods with Stairwell’s on a walk to visit hidden bodies of water, both natural and manmade. Discover various oases in a part of San Francisco that used to primarily consist of sand dunes. During this walk we’ll consider our shared connection to this invisible and crucial resource—one that we often take for granted. This participatory excursion features site-responsive activities that use signals, scents and sounds to prompt new experiences of our everyday environment. By highlighting what is sometimes out of view, we can reveal shadows of the past. This walk will be capped off with an optional visit to a local watering hole where refreshments are available for purchase.

Founded in 2011, Stairwell’s is a collaborative social practice project currently led by artists Carey Lin and Gabriel Gilder. Through temporary exhibitions, group walking tours, publications and more, Stairwell’s facilitates interactive experiences that provide new opportunities to engage with the everyday.  To date, Stairwell’s has produced 8 exhibitions with 14 artists in 6 different stairwells, led over 20 unique Field Trips with 13 Guest Field Trip leaders, created 8 publications with content from 14 writers, and attended artist residencies in 3 states.

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

  • Location: Taraval and 24th Ave., San Francisco,  CA
  • Start Time: 2pm
  • Tickets: Please order free tickets here via eventbrite
  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Equipment: No special equipment needed.
  • Clothing: Please bring sturdy shoes. We will walk rain or shine! A hat, a snack, 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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Walkshop #14, February 23rd, 2019

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Walkshop # 14: “The BodyWalk”                                                                                                                

February 23rd 2019, 2pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                   

led by Minoosh Zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling 

The BodyWalk, developed by collaborating artists Minoosh Zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling, invites participants to spend time to analyze the role of the moving body in space in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood. Through playful activities, artists and participants will use their own bodies to navigate local places of inclusion and exclusion, and interact with places such as the Veteran’s Building, City Hall, the UN Plaza and the Public Library. This walk is aimed to help us grapple with the question where we belong and how our bodies can (pre)define belonging. This is the second collaborative walk of Minoosh Zomorrodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling, following the CloudWalk (2018) hosted at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind’s eye inspired by nature and her environments. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity’s relationship to the natural world. She earned her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Graphic Design and BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran. She has received several awards and residences including MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute, Kala Art Institute Media Art Fellowship, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has exhibited locally and internationally. Currently she works and lives in the Bay Area and is Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Astrid Kaemmerling is a German-born artist, scholar and researcher and educator. Specializing in the domain of walking art her work as interdisciplinary artist spans the genres of visual, performance and media art and strives to encourage critical exploration of urban places in order to encourage publics to reflect home-building processes. She earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University and an M.A. and B.A. in Art and English from TU Dortmund, Germany. She has been exhibited internationally in Germany, Italy, Korea and the United States and has won several awards and fellowships. Her path has led her to residencies at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy, the Vermont Studio Center, VT, Enos Park in Springfield, IL, and most recently at KALA, CA.

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

  • Location: The Walkshop will start and end at 401 Van Ness Ave, #126 San Francisco, CA, SFAC Main Gallery
  • Start Time: 2pm (Please arrive 5-10 minutes early so that we can depart on time)
  • Tickets: Space is limited, please order free tickets here via eventbrite
  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Equipment: No special equipment needed.
  • Clothing: Please bring sturdy shoes. We will walk rain or shine! A hat, a snack, 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.

This program is planned in conjunction with Part and Parcel, a group exhibition featuring four artists of Iranian descent who consider what it means to belong forty years after the Iranian Revolution at the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries. The Walk Discourse is fiscally sponsored by the Intersection for the Arts and is graciously sponsored by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant. Thank you to our supporters!

Image: CloudWalk, Kaemmerling & Zomorodinia, Headlands Center for the Arts (2018)

This walk is hosted in cooperation with:

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Please follow link for a leaflet with information and walking route of The Body Walk created by Minoosh and Astrid as accompanying material and walking reference: TheBodyWalk2019

Walkshop #13, January 19th, 2019

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Walkshop # 13: “Climate Empathy”                                                                                                                   

January 19th, 2019, 2pm – 4pm                                                                                                                                   

led by Hughen/Starkweather

The Walkshop “Climate Empathy” hosted by The Walk Discourse will lead the group south from Pier 35 along the pre-1850 shoreline of San Francisco Bay, which was 2+ blocks inland from today’s concrete shoreline. We will stop at specific points of interest along the way to discuss past and future shorelines, climate, development, property, and empathy. Together with the artists, participants will imagine past and future shorelines and envision new connections and perspectives in the search for common ground on the increasingly urgent topic of climate change. Hughen/Starkweather’s Climate Empathy Project hopes to harness the power of storytelling through words and images to foster connection in a time of widespread catastrophic rhetoric and divisive conversation.

Hughen/Starkweather is the collaboration of San Francisco artists Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen, who have worked as a team since 2006. Together they create abstract artworks about specific topics or locations. Each project begins with intensive research, including maps, photographs, data, and interviews with specialists and community members. The resulting abstract drawings and paintings reinterpret complex narratives, creating new and unexpected forms. The artworks are not didactic, but aim to prompt questions and new perspectives in the viewer. Hughen/Starkweather have had solo exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum (SF), the Public Policy Institute of California (SF), and the University of San Francisco, among other places. Hughen received an MFA from UC Berkeley and has been an artist-in-residence at the DeYoung Museum of Art (CA), the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), Oxbow (CA), Recology (SF), and Yaddo (NY). Starkweather received an MFA from Tyler School of Art (PA) and has been an artist-in-residence at Ucross (WY), Skowhegan (ME), Oxbow (CA), Ragdale (IL), and Recology (SF).

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

  • Location: The walkshop will start and end at Pier 35, San Francisco. Meet under the flags just north of the entrance to Pier 35 on the Embarcadero.
  • Start Time: 2pm
  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Equipment: Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil
  • Clothing: Please bring sturdy shoes. We will walk rain or shine! A hat, a snack, 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.

Walkshop #12, December 15th, 2018

99bbbfa8-49c2-475b-8545-6d23863fe160Walkshop # 12: “Displaced Wellbeing”
December 15th, 2018, 2pm – 4pm
led by Anna Hentschel

The Walkshop Displaced Wellbeing will look at methodologies that allow participants to learn how to make yourself at home in public space. How can one develop opportunities for wellbeing in unknown contexts? Participants will train in space exploration and interaction techniques of appropriation that give chance to rework and take ownership of places in a soft way. Techniques of this workshop were conceived for Island of Good Life, a four day festival for migration and wellbeing in Bochum/Germany in 2017 directed by Kerem Halbrecht, Anna Hentschel and Sebastian Quack.

Anna Hentschel is a German urban scenographer working in the fields of cultural city development and site-specific art. She is a core member of the interdisciplinary game design network Invisible Playground, and has developed formats ranging from city-wide games, to intimate social situations. Researching the potential of play for architecture, she was architect-in-residence at the Goethe-Institute Rotterdam in 2016 and artist in residence at the Villa Kamogawa Kyoto in 2017. Anna holds a Diploma with Commendation in Scenography and an MA in Spatial Strategies. Invisible Playground is an urban game design network that hacks the existing environment through fiction and rule systems. The network is formed by six reflective practitioners working at the intersection of play and urban society. In the past, they have realized groundbreaking projects such as: Playpublik, the international urban games festival; Field Office, a traveling lab for site-specific game design; multi-week city-wide games such as Spreezone and Ruhrzilla; the documentary format Museum of Minor Incidents and the World Championship of gameful Architecture 72 Hour Interactions.

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

  • Register: here
  • Location: The walkshop will start and end at Minnesota Street Project’s Gallery 200
  • Start Time: 2pm
  • Duration: approx. 2 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.

This walkshop is proudly hosted in cooperation with re:homea For Freedoms exhibition + community action is on view December 1 – 29 and examines how the broad societal crises of sanctuary city, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Curated by Amy Kisch of AKArt + Collect For Change™, Candace Huey of re.riddle, andSuzanne Zuber, re:home hopes to bring the communities of the Bay Area together as a local response to the inevitable challenges posed by global migration and displacement. The exhibition is accompanied by a Community Action Center, for attendees to connect with organizations working on the forefront of the issues reflected in the show. To further democratize access to the artwork and concepts within re:home, a Pop-Up Shop of prints, artist editions, and books, will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition, as well as a For Freedoms reading library of books focused on the relevant topics. Through the Collect For Change™platform, portions of proceeds from select works offered in the re:home exhibition and Pop-Up Shop will go to organizations selected by each of the participating artists. Throughout the exhibition + community action, public programming, performances, and workshops, are complemented by a lineup of collaborative events with entities including Creative Capital + artist Maria Elena González, SFMOMA SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), SFMOMA Development Department, Artadia, Keenlee, The Battery Group, Immigrant Rights Commission, and San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs.

Featured re:home artists include Marina Abramović, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Randy Colosky + Alison OK Frost, Rodney Ewing, Summer Mei Ling Lee + Laura Boles Faw, Julio César Morales, Joel Daniel Phillips, Travis Somerville, SOUND MADE PUBLIC, and Shadi Yousefian, with additional works, performances, interventions, and community activations by theAnti-Eviction Mapping Project, Miguel Arzabe, Patti Bartelstein, Bahar + Shamsy Behbahani, Sofía Córdova, John Craig Freeman, Eliza Gregory, Somaieh Amini, Michelle Hartney, Anna Hentschel + Invisible Playground, Astrid Kaemmerling + The Walk Discourse, Shireen Liane, Hung Liu, Ericka McConnell, Lisette Morales, Rasta Dave, Sanctuary City Project, Brian Singer / someguy, and Weston Teruya, among others.

Re:home has been developed in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and with the support of Minnesota Street Project, Facebook Art Department(Facebook Artist in Residence (FB AIR), Analog Research Lab (ARL), and Creative Education programs), and Pamela and David Hornik.

Walkshop #11, November 3rd, 2018

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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.

Walkshop #10, October 20th, 2018

Walkshop # 10: “You are the Measure”
October 20th, 2018, 2pm – 4:00 pm
led by Laura Elayne Miller

miller_youarethemeasure_1-e1538959641774.jpgJoin California Walkscapes artist Laura Elayne Miller on a walk through the Mission District for a unique experience of space & place. This Walkshop will use a conceptual strategy game to discover a holistic experience of our surroundings. “You are the Measure” explores the act of walking using a pair of dice based on a complimentary diagram: one expresses the 6 qualities of physical space, and the other expresses the 6 qualities of perceived space. We’ll roll the dice together and discover each location new with interactive activities and zines.

Laura Elayne Milleris an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland. She explores the spectrum that exists between binaries such as truth and fiction, nature and human perception, history and memory. Laura’s work has been shown across the US and in Europe, including exhibitions at Albus Lux in the Netherlands, The Mission Projects and The Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Krasl Art Museum, Interlochen Center for The Arts, Artists’ Television Access and Fort Mason in San Francisco. Currently, she is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Saint Mary’s College of California.

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

  • Email: thewalkdiscourse@gmail.com 
  • Location:Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
  • Start Time: 2pm
  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Equipment: Journal, notebook, camera or related recording devices
  • Clothing: Very comfortable walking shoes, 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.

Walkshop #10 is part of the exhibition “California Walkscapes” currently on exhibit at Incline Galleryand co-hosted by “THE WALK DISCOURSE” 

Walkshop #9, October 6th, 2018, 2pm

Walkshop # 9: ”Collecting Shadows”
October 6th, 2018, 2-4 pm
led by Emily Gui

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For this walkshop community members are invited to join Emily Gui to learn more about her own artistic process relating to the work she is exhibiting in the gallery. Participants will be lead around the Mission neighborhood to collect shadows and thus document the neighborhood. By placing light sensitive paper underneath existing shadows, this walkshop allows participants to capture shadows in hazy, fuzzy blues and whites. The artist describes this approach as a  “a meditative process to capture the urban environment” resulting in abstract, mysterious images that conceal topographical truth. Come join Emily, learn to see deeply familiar streets and buildings in a new way and become a shadow hunter!

Emily Gui is an experimental printmaker and mixed-media artist living in San Francisco. She works primarily in silkscreen, cyanotype and drawing. Her work often pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking techniques by layering and combining materials and processes. She has exhibited in galleries throughout New York and the Bay Area including the International Print Center of New York, Wayfarers, ArtBridge, BCB Gallery,  Artist’s Television Access and the Kala Gallery.  In 2018 she held two solo exhibitions at the Harold J Miossi Art Gallery in San Luis Obispo and at NIAD in Richmond. Emily is a cofounder of Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, an annual experimental artist’s residency, entering its fifth season.  Emily has been an artist-in-residence at Kala Arts Institute since 2015 where she teaches silkscreen and cyanotype. She also teaches printmaking at the UC Berkeley Art Studio and City College of San Francisco.

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

  • Email: RSVP to thewalkdiscourse@gmail.com and let us know you will be walking with us
  • Location: We’ll meet at 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA @ Incline Gallery
  • Duration: 2h
  • Start: 2pm
  • Equipment: Comfortable shoes, water & snacks, sunscreen

Please note, this Walkshop is accompanying the exhibition “California Walkscapes.” The Walk Discourse is partnering with Incline Gallery for a series of three walkshops.