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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.
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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.

Walkshop #8, April 14th, 2018

Walkshops take place on the second Saturday of each month @ 2pm. 

Walkshop # 8: ”POPOS”
April 14th, 2018, 2-4 pm
led by
Walking Public

Terraces, plazas, atriums, small parks and snippets: San Francisco’s “Privately Owned Public Open Spaces” (aka POPOS) appear in many forms. All 68 POPOS have been created by mandate of the city’s Downtown Plan of 1985, which states that private developers must create 1 ft of public space for each 50 ft of private. Join us for a 2 hour walk as we explore a handful of POPOS in the downtown area. We’ll bring along readings to contextualize each space we visit, and welcome any materials you’d like to share with the group. For this walk, we’re interested in the collective experience of these spaces, where the boundary between private and public is hazy.

This walk is led by Walking Public, founded by artists Tara Shi and Benjamin Lotan. Tara co-founded 💾🌵(disk cactus) an art and technology studio based out of West Oakland. She is currently pursing a masters in architecture at UC Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Design. Ben is the founder of Social Print Studio, a photo printing and technology company based in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. Together, Ben and Tara collaborate on This Will Take Time, a non-profit organization dedicated to long-term projects and based in the small coastal town of Point Arena.

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 One Bush Street, one of the oldest POPO’s in SF. Opened in 1959, it accompanies the first post-war high rise in the downtown area.
  • Duration: 2h
  • Start: 2pm
  • Equipment: Comfortable shoes, water & snacks

Walkshop #7, March 10th, 2018

Walkshop # 7: ”Traces of Intimacy”
March 10th, 2018, 2-5 pm
led by Amery Kessler and Elia Rita

“When communicative capitalism enjoins participation, it produces a field where more and more contribute but ever fewer benefit.” – Jodi Dean

In an era where technology is shifting the perception of interconnection–making physical proximity increasingly devalued and unavailable– silence might remain the only expression not subject to monetization by algorithms. Traces of intimacy invites you to wander wordlessly in the company of another. We will subtly challenge our comfort zones and establish a shared plane of intimacy through touch and trust.

Amery Kessler addresses spaces and structures between people. His work connects and separates one person from another. It suggests or invites participation and gives formless aspects of relating a more tangible presence.

Elia Rita surfaces the overlooked possibilities of urban landscapes considered unproductive and banal by capitalism through a site-oriented, interdisciplinary approach.

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Walkshop #6, February 17th, 2018

Exception: This Walkshop will be hosted on the third Saturday of the Month

Walkshop # 6: “The Lost and found plants of San Francisco”
February 17th, 2-5 pm
led by Liz Harvey  

“There are human becomings, animal becomings, plant becomings, and so on. As they move together through time and encounter one another, these paths interweave to form an immense and continually evolving tapestry.” – Tim Ingold, Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge, and Description, 2011

Focus: Wayfaring with plants as our guide: exploring and relating to plants in the urban environment, with the purpose of reinventing how we attune to plants in a busy urban core, while considering ideas of losing and finding.

Liz Harvey will lead participants on a walk through downtown San Francisco, exploring ideas of losing and finding, partially curated by myself, and partially open to chance. As we consider plants that have been lost from the area, including specific extinct and endangered plants and the life that depends on them (i.e., keystone species), we will also consider the notion being lost ourselves. The notion of finding will also be explored: are we finding plants on the walk, or are they finding us? We will explore the commonalities between plants and humans in forging empathy with plants, based on recent scientific research on plants’ senses, how plants communicate, and the rights of plants. Participants will be given prompts to discuss, directives to guide their movement, and time to perceive and process along the way,

Liz Harvey is an interdisciplinary artist whose sculpture and performances have been shown in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces, including a national park, a riverbed, and an arroyo. Harvey works in sculpture and performance, often incorporating textiles to explore loss, history, and imagined futures. Harvey’s work looks back and forward – she makes elegies and predictions. Her current work explores plant-human relationships, focused on human perceptions of the increased rate of plant extinctions, the ongoing decline of the planet’s biodiversity, mourning, and advocacy. Harvey has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in California as well as in New York and Italy. She has been an artist in residence at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Montalvo Art Center, and the de Young Museum. Harvey is based in West Oakland.

Walkshop #5, January 13th, 2017

Walkshop #4 “Traveling Home: Through Place, Histor(ies), and Food” led by Shirley Huey  hosted by “THE WALK DISCOURSE” on January 13th, 2018, from 2-5:30 pm.
“Places where love comes to being are, though they don’t always feel that way, sacred spaces. They are spaces that should be treasured and held tightly. We never know when those spaces may fall away…” (Shirley Huey)

What do we see when we travel to a new place? What do we experience when the place that is new is also familiar? In a time of tremendous change in the City, how do we—whether longtime residents and locals or newcomers—experience and engage with the spaces and the communities around us? This walkshop, led by writer Shirley Huey, a native San Franciscan, explores what is transient and enduring about a place through the lens of food, history, and memory in Chinatown.

Along the way, we will walk by bakeries, produce shops, herbalists, noodle and jook joints, and local parks. We may also see local and historical landmarks such as the public housing complex Ping Yuen; Chinese Hospital, built to serve the Chinese community in a time when they were not allowed to access the hospitals of white folk; the Great Star Theater; Old St. Mary’s, the first cathedral built in California and beloved lunchtime music venue; Cameron House, former mission for trafficked women in the early 1900s and longtime community organization serving children and youth, and places on the periphery of Chinatown, such as the site of the infamous I-Hotel tenant struggle in the 1970s, now a community art space and senior housing.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Shirley Huey is a storyteller and writer. She has read her work at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the Bay Area Generations reading series in Berkeley and Oakland, Liminal in Oakland, and Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. She is a VONA/Voices alum in travel writing and memoir, and writes about arts and culture and social justice issues. She is also a facilitator, researcher, and consultant who works on community building, organizational development, and transformational social change projects.

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