San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets


So, yesterday I went to a walking tour put on by the Bureau of Urban Secrets out at Land’s End in the very west end of San Francisco near Sutro Baths. It was great to see how artists tackle the idea of emplaced landscape interpretation, something that’s a pretty big part of my dissertation. I got to meet the artists as well as watch a fire get put out on the beach by firefighters and shoot a lot of neat pines and graffiti. Unfortunately I set my ISO while shooting a shadowy brook under a tree and for some reason didn’t adjust it, nor did I check any of my photos as I was shooting. Consequently, the rest of the pictures are way blown out and are pretty much unfixable in photoshop. Just when I thought I was getting better at the whole photography thing. Oh well.

The tour was fun though, and I might get one of the artists to come speak to the class at the Presidio about presenting historic landscapes to the public. So many really incredible things are happening with ubicomp, geohacking and pervasive games right now that I almost wish that I was staying here this summer to work on my dissertation. Almost.


Author: colleenmorgan

Dr. Colleen Morgan (ORCID 0000-0001-6907-5535) is the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.

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