Civic Center Story Survey
Multi-media temporary installation, UN Plaza, San Francisco, 2009.

Civic Center Story Survey is a series of interviews and conversations documented through audio, personal accounts, and writing that give incite into the politics and history of the UN Plaza. Under the guise of a survey team, the artists descended upon the UN Plaza striking up conversations with the plaza patrons, and logging their stories. The conversations in many cases revealed forgotten histories and politics of the space. By locating the stories, many of which had been buried, the surveyors were able to compile a set of documents revealing the past and present histories of the site.



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''Civic Center Story Survey'', 2009

Through NODE (Network of Daily Experience) artist team Emily Dippo and Kim Cook seek to create spaces for dialogue and exchange of ideas highlighting the relationship between art and the everyday. The artists use collaboration as a model for interaction between transdisciplinary networks of artists and organizations. An emphasis is placed on facilitating and nurturing new beginnings as well as maintaining ongoing connections. The team works with various modes of research such as oral history, storytelling, investigative workshops and walks at multiple sites in each community. While participating in these investigations community members are remembering, observing, collecting, narrating, sharing, and imagining the public spaces in which they live.