1. Span, 2012

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    from Camille Utterback / Added

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    While we might think of San Francisco Bay as a timeless presence, its boundaries clearly fixed in place, Camille Utterback’s dynamically generated installation reveals the ways in which the Bay and the Golden Gate have changed — and continue to change — over time. The installation in Fort Point’s west bastion consists of a series of eight video monitors installed in a curving arrangement that roughly mimics the shape of the Golden Gate’s shores. On the monitors, an animated line referencing the shifting shoreline builds up and washes away historic and contemporary depictions of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The imagery ranges from hand drawn maps from the 1800’s, to USGS maps from before and after the building of the bridge, to black and white areal photography from the 1940’s, to current nautical charts and satellite imagery. As the linear form of the Golden Gate Bridge appears and disappears in the fluid animations, the piece reveals the contrast between the seemingly permanent structure of the bridge, and the constantly evolving nature of the Bay. As the layers of drawings, maps, and photography morph and blend into one another, the piece also highlights the human shifts in understanding, technology, and printing techniques employed in our constantly evolving attempts to depict an environment in constant motion. Documentation Footage by: Jan Stürmann

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    • Mark Dion - Nevada City dig

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      from FOR-SITE Foundation / Added

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      Artist Mark Dion completed an artist residency at the FOR-SITE Foundation in the fall of 2009. The artist used the residency to familiarize himself with the natural and social history of California, as part of the conceptual development of his upcoming project with the Oakland Museum of California. In addition, under the auspices of the Foundation's education program, Dion engaged with a graduate class from the California College of the Arts through one of his signature archaeological digs.

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