Sunday, August 30, 2009
He just got back from Beijing where he spent time looking for the location of his grandfather's home. It got plowed over with a freeway. Other special homes like this that remain are being bought up by folks with nostalgic ties to area. The city is starting to take notice.
It's hard to imagine what it might be like to track down a plowed over home in a place like Beijing.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
MY GENUS LOCI: Platte Valley Rail yards - Denver
The Denver Millennium Foot Bridge marks the site of an unintended memorial to the Beat poets. Standing like a giant push pin at the edge of the Platte Valley Rail yards it connects our two cities. It starts here and ends at North Beach.
It’s here that Ginsberg boiled with unreleased passion, Kerouac wandered in the weeds drinking cheap wine searching for Paradise, and Cassady grabbed the wheel ready to race across America. The energy was building and ready to explode.
The explosion occurred on October 7, 1957 in San Francisco.The Six Gallery hosted a poetry reading. Kerouac spread his arms in poetic benediction while Cassady passed the jug working the crowd. Ginsberg dropped his H-Bomb as Howl shook North Beach. Ferlinghetti put it in print as City Lights shown round the world.
The Millennium Bridge links our cities; poetic inspiration incubated in the Platte Valley, culminating on North Beach. Only few weeded acres of sacred ground remain. Here are some discarded relics I’ve found.
Millennium Bridge: 39 45’ 10.46 North, 105 00’ 09,67 West, elevation 5190’
Doug Robinson, Denver, CO Age: 60
We had a great time last night at the opening. Uli Zinnkann and Mark Glusker helped set up, and Purple Skywalker provided some great jams to make the atmosphere complete. Critter Salon and the Studio for Urban Projects gave us lots of support.
Thanks most of all to co-curator Jaime Kopke for the collaboration & inspiration.
People enjoyed the involvement of the Looking for Loci boxes- they were carefully reading, thinking, laughing and then saying "I'd love to do one of these". A workshop session may be in the works, for now, many folks added a story or two to the map.
Today is hot in SF, but the SFMM is luckily on the shady side of the street. We're enjoying a regular stream of passers-by. Come say hello if you're in the neighborhood!
We're open today and tomorrow, 12 - 5pm.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
During the past weeks, we've been iterating our identity. In every sense.
Trying to visualize and synthesize the essence of what it means to be mobile and of San Fran in an iconic sort of way, is not easy.
Thanks to feedback from lots of you on FaceBook, Beth Marx of Gustav Marx Studios, Olimpia Cerda, (formerly of the Exploratorium, now runs Olimpia Cerda Studios in Valencia, Spain) and my husband (and SFMM staff photographer) Mark Glusker- we have the final design above.
Thought it would be fun to share the evolution.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"Cross-City Challenge: Looking for Loci
Have you ever found a place in your home, neighborhood or city, and felt an invisible energy, almost like magic? In Roman culture, this was called "Genius Loci", which referred to a location's distinctive atmosphere, or spirit. In our urban environments these places can be more difficult to find, or lost altogether– but they do exist."
Locate a special place in your city and create a visual tribute to the genius loci of the spot. It can be part of your home, in a park or garden, on a street corner, or just a forgotten place in the alley"