Heart of the City Mapping Merchants
Multi-media temporary installation, UN Plaza, San Francisco, 2009.

Heart of the City Mapping Merchants was an intervention at the Heart of the City Farmers Market that dispersed historical information about the site through origami-folded maps. The artists functioned under the guise of being a regular market merchant at the farmers market, except the merchandise was made of paper and available for free. The origami folding was related to the content of each map; a flower for the cemeteries, an orange for the market, a crane for the UN Plaza, and a frog for the marsh and creeks. Patrons were given the choice of keeping the items as is thus leaving the history invisible and unknown, or opening the items to reveal the hidden history of the site.



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''Heart of the City Mapping Merchants'', 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.