DIR Irene Gustafson / USA / Documentary / 21 min
Who has the right to the city? Who is allowed to linger on its streets, to see oneself in its landscapes, included and represented in its conceptions of ‘the public’? Through the creative examination of ‘hostile design,’ this video imagines public space as attuned to the needs and uses of marginally housed and houseless SF residents.
The film is a collaboration between San Francisco based filmmaker Irene Gustafson and Tenderloin based and community embedded social practice ensemble, Skywatchers. Skywatchers began in 2011 in the tenant lounge of a Tenderloin SRO and has since grown into an ongoing conversation focused on the creation of new performance works emerging from an enduring collaboration between professional artists and formerly homeless resident artists of the neighborhood.
Program: Living world/human agency