one-minute vacation
urban cycles

In September of 1999, I collaborated with visual artists Dawn Neal and Radhika Kunamneni to create a collaborative piece named Urban Cycles.

The work was part of a group show titled 'Go West Young Man: Land Rush on the Urban Frontier' at the Cruicible Steel Gallery in San Francisco.

The collaboration consisted of a self-running installation that immersed the viewer in a room full of moving images. Banks of projectors showed tightly choreographed slides on three walls, in synchrony with a stereo soundtrack.

Thematically, the work explored the changes in the social and public landscape in San Francisco. The show's topic was the still-contentious issue of gentrification and social pressures brought on by the (now-collapsed) Silicon Valley boom.

I collected sound from around San Francisco and composed a soundtrack to complement the hundreds of photographs used in the installation. The images documented with a rapidly taught visual grammar the patterns of change that have always been part and parcel of the development of the city (but that were grossly accelerated in the boom).

(Strangely, here is another projection project with the same name.)


marincello unsoundwalk
rodeo soundial
handpans and the hang
as paredes têm ouvidos
flostam resonance #1
a day, a week, a year
field effects concert series annapurna: memories in sound
quiet, please

serendipity machines

urban cycles
other recordings

urban cycles5.7 MB

Support for images of: the settlement and gold rush era; turn-of-the-century Market Street and cable cars; the working harborfront and shipyards; domestic life prior to the internet (Victorians and the Mission); the uncontrolled construction of ungainly live/work lofts; and finally, the fast-paced, digital candyland of late '90s nightlife.

musee sketch 3.2 MBThe corner of Mission and 19th, and the Musée Mechanique, in San Francisco. A quick montage.