There's a great conference coming up hosted by the Film & Digital Media department at UCSC. Poetics & Politics will focus on bridging the gap between theory and practice in documentary film and interactive work. I'm very pleased to have been included in a panel on May 17 on Gentrification in San Francisco, where I'll … Continue reading Poetics + Politics: Santa Cruz, 5/15–17
I'll be doing a conference presentation of my "Postcards from the Future" project, on California, science fiction, utopia, and dystopia at the Abiding Cities conference at CUNY this November. I'll be part of a panel called "Viable Utopias" on November 14 at 12:30. Come and say hello!
Maps have power. They can make the illegible legible and the invisible visible. They can make the obvious even more obvious and the impossible seem possible. When Stamen Design mapped the routes of the private buses that ferry techies between their homes in San Francisco and their jobs in Silicon Valley for the 2012 Zero1 Biennial, the aesthetic choice to render the map as a transit-system schematic made an open secret within San Francisco obvious to the world. The city is becoming a suburb of the Silicon Valley suburbs.
I have a new piece out today in Boom: A Journal of California's new issue "What's the Matter with San Francisco." In conjunction with my ongoing Public/Transit project, I've written a story in three visualizations about the transit system the Bay could have had, the one we got, and how private companies are filling the … Continue reading New Article in Boom’s Summer Issue
Oh hey, I was quoted in the Sentinel after being interviewed at the UCSC Graduate Research symposium, where I showed a 10-minute cut of footage from my Public/Transit project. There was a lot of great work presented, but, of course, I'm not at all biased when I say that the film and digital art projects … Continue reading UCSC Graduate Research Symposium
Yesterday I filmed and photographed two anti-eviction actions in San Francisco as part of my ongoing Public/Transit documentary project. The protests were against the eviction of seven tenants from 812 Guerrero in the Mission by, Jack Halprin, a lawyer for Google, and against the many Ellis Act Evictions being pursued against teachers within the city. … Continue reading Photography: Day of Anti-Eviction Actions | April 11, 2014
My essay that appeared in Boom: A Journal of California's winter 13-14 issue is on Slate.com today as "California is the Future." The original text and photos have been enhanced with a map plotting the locations of future California, by my UCSC Digital Art & New Media colleague Wayne Marci. Check it out!
There's no better visual shorthand for HK's hive-like urbanism than crowded streets beneath a glowing canopy of signs sprouting from nearly every available surface. The multicolored glare and audible electric sizzle of so many tubes blinking on and off is a deeply encoded childhood memory.
Touring around California you could be forgiven for thinking you’re living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood’s movie magic, which has turned the state into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It’s not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades.
Street art from New York, Paris, Naples, Rome, Beijing, Shanghai, Montréal, LA, and San Francisco (among others). Street Art, a set on Flickr.