Join artists Amy Balkin and David Buuck for a San Francisco Nonsite Event:
Wednesday, November 12
6 – 8 pm
657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
Montgomery BART Station
(around the corner from SFMOMA)
5 – 10 dollars sliding scale
3 dollars, students
San Francisco-based artist Amy Balkin will discuss her recent work and
practices as they intersect with the politics and economics of place.
Balkin’s projects consider the social and material landscapes we inhabit.
They include *This is the Public Domain* (2001+), *Public Smog* (2004+),
and the audio tour collaboration *Invisible-5* (2006). Her most recent
work is *Sell Us Your Liberty, or We’ll Subcontract Your Death* (2008),
a series of large-format rubbings taken from architectural signage of San
Francisco Bay Area entities engaged in the local production of war.
David Buuck will present recent investigations by BARGE – the Bay Area
Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics – with a focus on the recent Buried
Treasure Island project. BARGE has organized several (de)tours around the
Bay Area, investigating regional sites & spaces that are underrepresented
& overlooked in more conventional touristic, commercial, & socio-political
notions of place & public space. BARGE investigates how vernacular
landscapes — from highways & billboards to waterfronts & public
utilities, from industrial lots & server farms to military bases &
surveillance zones — are constructed & inhabited, while also exploring
the ways in which engaged psychogeography can provide new modes of
counter-tourism & activism.