Transit/Stasis: Negotiating Movement in the City

Produced by the San Francisco Art Institute 2011 MA cohort, Transit/Stasis: Negotiating Movement in the City was a consideration of art and urban movement in San Francisco. It was published to accompany the exhibition of the same name, curated collectively by the cohort, and on view at the Diego Rivera Gallery from Apr 25 - 29, 2011 and SOMArts Gallery from May 1 - 15, 2011. The exhibition documented five artist projects, each of which evidence shifting conditions of artistic and spatial production seen through the frame of transit. The projects included: Aram Bartholl’s physical USB flash drive intervention, Dead Drops; Nick Bastis’ technologically-mediated spatial navigation project, Foreign Exchange; Julie Cloutier’s intimate psychogeographic rock displacements, Rock Portraits, Set D; Resonant City’s continued exploration of Bay Area regional identity as formed by public transit; and Christen Sperry-Garcia’s embodied transit mapping Choreography, Maps, Nodes, Networks.

The digital volume sought to contextualize each of the works, critically examining the roles of cultural producers in problematizing and re-visioning the shared spaces of transit. Because the content of the publication focuses on the relationships and intersections between artistic practices and conceptions of transit and stasis, the collaborative chose a form that embodies those elements. Transit/Stasis is a series of ephemeral artists’ posters, a digitial text on a USB drive that takes shape as a transit debit card, and a tidy travel foder scaled to fit in the back pocket of commuters—packaged this way in anticipation that the texts will find their way into unexpected contexts and used in novel ways.

Transit/Stasis Catalogue: PDF
Transit/Stasis Artist Posters: PDF