Sea to Sutro

Aug 04 2018
Sat, Aug 04
A one-day procession where groups of people walk through the streets of San Francisco from YBCA to Mount Sutro, becoming a metaphorical body of fog rolling through the city.

Conceived as the last part of the creation of the Speculative Machine (2018), this performance is completed by participants who carry props made during the sixteen-week exhibition, including fog-harvesting implements. Small groups will take different routes from the waterfront to Mount Sutro, passing locations of various YBCA projects and partnerships, as well as sites that embody the rich cultural memory of San Francisco. The procession is a way of mapping movement through the city; groups can walk or take various forms of transit (MUNI, cabs, Lyft, hitchhike). The march will end in a celebration atop Mount Sutro, where participants present their props ritualistically to the fog. Open to all.

Futurefarmers will work with Elaine Bucholtz, artist and associate professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, to choreograph the procession, and filmmaker Jeff Warrin and artist Jin Zhu will film it. This program is created in collaboration with Blair Randall, Arts and Education Manager at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which supports the program.

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Artist Bios

Elaine Bucholtz is an artist and associate professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her most recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and pre-existing sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and artist residencies. She holds a BFA from Ohio State University, an MFA in media arts from the California College of the Arts, and an MFA in new genres from Stanford University.

Jeff Warrin is a Bolinas, California–based filmmaker, photographer, and installation artist. He has presented work at the Whitney Biennial, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Sundance Film Festival. As a member of the collaborative art trio Silt (1990–2005), he co-created a body of work that explored the intimate and expansive potentialities of the projected image. Silt’s early Super 8 films Kuch Nai (1992) and Shadows of the Son (1996) were award winners at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Warrin has had artist residencies at the Exploratorium, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the University of Michigan. In 2015 he founded the production company Metabolic Films, and began producing and directing narrative films that explore the reciprocity between human perception and the landscapes we inhabit. Their short film The Far, Near Shore is in post-production.

Jin Zhu is a Bay Area artist who works primarily with video and photography to engage the dynamics of settlement and dispossession in the history of the Americas. In her work, home is a site of rootedness as well as the epicenter of potential displacement. In 2016, she received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Jin has presented work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Southern Exposure, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, Artist Television Access and the Cantor Center for the Arts. She currently works with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project on multimedia projects focusing on environmental justice in vulnerable communities in San Francisco.


Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place is organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and curated by Lucía Sanromán, director of visual arts.

Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support is provided by the Changing the Ratio Circle of Advisors: Abundance Foundation, Berit Ashla, Diana Cohn, EMIKA Fund, Jennifer C. Haas Fund, Rekha Patel, Catalina Ruiz-Healy and Jonathan Kevles, Vicki Shipkowitz, and Meg Spriggs. Additional thanks to the Selvage Fund of the East Bay Community Foundation and the Facebook Artist in Residence Program.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by National Endowment for the Arts, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

YBCA Exhibitions are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Panta Rhea Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program, and Meridee Moore and Kevin King.

Lead Image: North Sea Fog, Seed Journey, 2016 Photo: Futurefarmers