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Schedule for: TOO MUCH INFORMATION 2024!

Edition #002:      SATURDAY April 27

Hosted at : Problem Library, 1288 15th Ave San Francisco CA 94122

Saturday April 27:

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12:30pm

A guided walk to Grand View Park led by Renee Choi

Meet at Problem Library and walk with us up to Grand View Park (~25min uphill walk). At the top we'll observe the city, our surroundings, and reflect as we walk back to Problem Library.

Walk starts promptly at 12:45!

Wear comfortable shoes & clothing if you will join us for this portion!

2:00pm

Welcome address & house rules with Tamara Chu

2:15pm

To See The World Whole* lecture discussion led by airis encarnacion and Tamara Chu.

In his lecture, L.M. Sacasas reviews the fragmentation of our modern world and offers us some insights toward meaningful connection and resonance.

Join us for a conversation on this deeply important topic.

If you will be joining for this discussion, make sure you listen to the lecture.
The audio file can be found here.:

To See The World Whole, by L.M. Sacasas

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airis is a young photographer, designer, and Problem Children alumni.

* While L.M. Sacasas comes from an explicitly Christian organization, we have chosen this talk because we believe its contents are broadly beneficial and worth discussion. We draw inspiration across a variety of sources and believe many concepts deserving of exploration have been relegated to strictly religious contexts - to the detriment of the general public.
3:30pm

Stretch and bio break, and social time

4:00pm

Trusting the evidence of our senses: a conversation between Elisabeth Nicula and Roberto Greco

What practices can we follow to heighten our innate sense of observation? How do we use observation as a tool for reflection? How do we connect what we observe to what we know? What role does making and doing play in our ability to observe the world? And finally, how can we observe the world, critically, without becoming cynical?

For this conversation, Elisabeth and Rob will discuss what it means to be a continual observer of the world, how they reflect what they find, and what keeps them curious.

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Elisabeth Nicula is an artist and writer from Norfolk, Virginia. She is interested in seeing and being seen by the non-human world, abstracted scales of space and time, poetics, and memory. Smooth Friend is her publishing project. The San Francisco Review of Whatever is another project, coming in 2024

Roberto Greco is a Feral teacher and transdisciplinary learner. Asks a lot of questions. Makes things. Works well with others. Loves long walks, exploring, and conversation. Appreciates the slow and the small.

4:45pm

another stretch and bio break!

5:00pm

Learning from archives: observations, reflections, and strategies a panel conversation with Steve Terry and Rebekah Kim moderated by Daniel Lucas.

"Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told."
—Wendell Berry

Archives can tell a story about a specific place, era, or collective of people. They can piece together the trajectory, the boundaries, the shape of a part of the story of humanity. But archives, on their own, can not do this.

As a rule, an archive begins as a collection of de-contextualized items. It takes people to turn an archive into a body that breathes, and tells a story. To do this well requires an immense amount of observation. As an archivist you must let the stories emerge as you find them, and then find ways to share these insights with others.

This is incredibly hard work full of competing priorities and inherent dilemmas. It is also rewarding work that forces an intermixing of the archivist with the archive. The archive works on the archivist as the archivist works on the archive.

For this talk Steve Terry of Wild Life Archive and Rebekah Kim of CalAcademy will be in conversation mining their own archive of experience to share insights on the lessons learned, the treasures unearthed, and how this work has impacted who they are.

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Steve Terry is an archivist of human cultures.

Rebekah Kim has worked more than 10 years as a well-respected library professional in the Bay Area at institutions such as Dolby Laboratories, Google, the Computer History Museum, the GLBT Historical Society and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

5:50pm

another stretch and bio break!

6:00pm

Film Screening: Food, Earth, Happiness presented by Nate Zack

Inspired by the works of Masanobu Fukuoka, author of the seminal environmental book The One Straw Revolution, the film weaves together meditative landscapes, an eclectic original soundtrack, and inspiring stories from some of the world’s foremost figures in the natural farming movement. Together they give modern-day relevance to age-old ideas about food, environmentalism, and happiness.

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Nate Zack is a filmmaker, designer, bean advocate, and community organizer based in San Francisco.

6:30pm

DINNER TIME! BEAN COUNTING!!

Your one-day ticket includes dinner. Join us for a communal dinner!

During dinner we will conduct the TMI Raffle! See if you can guess the correct number of BEANS in the bean jar!

Raffle Prize will be announced soon

During dinner Nate will also lead a discussion around the film we just watched. :)

7:00pm

Film Screening: City Places Human Spaces presented by Tamara

Originally broadcast as an episode of Nova; taped off-air from SCTV, South Carolina

Based on "The social life of small urban spaces," a film by William H. Whyte

Whyte's observations and research show why some urban open spaces such as the Seagram Plaza in New York City attract people and why others are unsuccessful

8:00pm

Official wrap up & social time led by Tamara and Daniel

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Wendell Berry

Persons of character are not public products. They are made by local cultures, local responsibilities.

John Taylor Gatto

"Without children and old people mixing in daily life a community has no future and no past, only a continuous present"

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