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.



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.


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.


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.


Walkshop #1, September 9th, 2017

Join The Walk Discourse on #deriveday. The Walk Discourse kicks-off it’s first season by participating in Dérive Day 2017 collaborating with Babak and Eduardo who created Derive App. Dérive Day 2017 will tie in with the 4th World Congress on Psychogeography, hosted by the University of Huddersfield at Heritage Quay. On 9 September 2017, explore your city with others around the world through randomly generated and synchronised tasks that are simultaneously drawn whether you’re in Rio or Rome, Kampala, Kuala Lumpur or San Francisco. Make sure to sign up to our mailing list to receive an invitation to participate OR simply download the app yourself to participate, anytime – anywhere.

Dérive app is created as a simple but engaging platform that allows users to explore their urban spaces in a care-free and casual way. It takes the ideals of the Situationists and merges it with digital means in order to create a tool that would imply an exploration of urban space in a random unplanned way as a game. Too often in urban centers we are controlled by our day to day activities thus closing off urban experiences that exist around us. Dérive app was created to try to nudge those people who are in this repetitive cycle to allow the suggestions and subjectivities of others to enter into their urban existences.

Derive App was developed by Eduardo Cachucho and Babak Fakhamzadeh: 

Eduardo Chachuco is an artist and architect based in Johannesburg. He is interested in how national, and trans-national, infrastructural developments can have long lasting rippling effects from their implementation. His first solo exhibition, Looking Glass: Johannesburg 2012 and 1886-1896, was presented in 2012 at GoetheonMain, Johannesburg. His works act as interventions that reinforce or put into question the idea that infrastructural developments can have long lasting, rippling, effects. Simultaneously his interest in performance and video work allow another entry-point into similar research material and works. Another area of interest lies in the merging of new technologies with established theories and concepts as well as the possibilities of emphasising/breaking down their relevance through this juxtaposition.

Babak Fakhamzadeh was working in ICT4D before it had a name, never really left it, and knows how to throw together a pretty mean combination of your favourite collection of programming languages. He brought photomarathons to Africa and won the Highway Africa new media award with Ismail Farouk. Work of his was selected to represent Uganda at the World Summit Award, twice. In 2016, together with Agência Pública, he won, and was a runner up for, the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog de Anistia e Direitos Humanos. Twice, he made it to the Guinness book of records. He created what was probably the first mobile phone based city tour in 2004 as well as what probably was the first QR-code assisted smartphone-based city tour in 2009.


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