Collective Geographies, 2018 Photocollage, wood, series of printed paper cards 25'x6'x8'
Collective Geographies was a community mapping project in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco that took place at Irving Street Projects from October 2017 through February 2018. The project took the form of a large-scale collage installation accompanied by a card catalogue of local oral histories. The public was invited to contribute memories associated with a street address in the Outer Sunset. Each locale was added to a 4' x 17' paper collage comprised of gathered Google Street View screenshots spanning two walls of the storefront gallery. Each image and anecdote was represented in a set of corresponding cards for visitors to explore.
Collective Geographies took an inquisitive look at one place over time through numerous perspectives; including that of the digital mapping machine. It created a platform for people to interact with one another in a way that transcended both walls and digital devices. Multiple languages, cultures, races and classes take place in the same neighborhood, on the same block, in the same buildings. The many perspectives converged on the same place at the same time, to be seen and heard by each other. Collective Geographies was a dialogue, a vacillation between physical experience and digital representation, and a glimpse of the many layers of connection we share through place.
In conjunction with Collective Geographies, this video was made using found footage from home movies and outtake reels from feature films based in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. It was screened in the gallery at Irving Street Projects on December 14, 2017.
Video Collage, 2017 Found footage from the Prelinger Archives