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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
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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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Walkshop # 4, December 9th, 2017

Walkshop #4 “Listen for Place” led by Michal Wisniowski  hosted by “THE WALK DISCOURSE” on December 9th, 2017, from 2-5 pm.

Participants in this workshop will explore the soundscapes of San Francisco. By using headphones and recording software which amplifies the sounds that surround us every day, we can pay closer attention to what may otherwise be left unheard and unnoticed. Like the sound of our own footsteps, much of these details are drowned out by the multitude of other sounds in a busy urban environment. We will become collectors of these audible vignettes as we explore different settings from the Transamerica Redwood Park to the San Francisco Ferry Building. Places we may have walked by for years will be fresh again as we hear them with new ears.

At the conclusion of our walk, participants will provide their sound samples to me for editing. With their newly discovered sound samples, I will assemble these pieces into audible collages. Participants will get back a representation of the environment they paid the most attention to via the project website. Each person’s collage will create a unique perspective and experience for the listener.

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Walkshop #3, November 11th, 2017

Walkshop #3 “Power on our Periphery” led by Annie Albagli hosted by “THE WALK DISCOURSE” on November 11th, 2017, from 2-5 pm.
Power is often invisible; its systems, infrastructure, and what it controls. Our walkshop begins at PGandE’s POPO from where we will walk to a former Hunter’s Point Power Plant. During our walk we will talk through and think about how systems of power have shaped our experiences of San Francisco, specially on the edge of our city. As part of this we will also listen to stories of residents who lived on the edge and whose personal histories and experiences of this city were influenced and shaped by various forms of power.

Annie Albagli is a video-based installation artist. Her installations form loosely woven experiential narratives in hopes of better understanding our relationship to one another and our environment. Her work has been exhibited in the Art Museum of the Americas, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Anderson Gallery, Fort Mason Center for the Arts, among others. Annie has recently attended residencies at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, A-Z West, Djerassi, and This Will Take Time.

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Walkshop #2, October 14th, 2017

Walkshop #2 led by Walking Public & hosted by “THE WALK DISCOURSE” on October 14th, 2017, from 2-4 pm.

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.

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