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Temporal Cities: Residency Showcase


Temporal Cities is multimedia collaboration between artists Lizzy Brooks and Radka Pulliam. Over the last three years, through a sidewalk booth, they collected stories and memories from residents of San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, where they both live. Inspired by more than 300 stories, they have been working on a film, a website and a book.

You are invited to come view their work in progress, make your own zine out of your favorite printed stories, drawings and photographs of participants, and watch the 25 min film that uses a mix of technologies, images, and memories recorded and forgotten. You will discover layered history of our neighborhood, always incomplete and unfinished, a patchwork of personal stories that disappear into cracked sidewalks.

The Tenderloin Museum first hosted Temporal Cities’ collection booth in the winter 2015. During the museum’s regularly scheduled evening events, Temporal Cities projected images in the window to attract passersby and event attendees to the installation, where they were encouraged to share a personal story using a typewriter, clipboard and pen, or a rotary phone turned into an audio recorder. The accessibility of the prompts and materials has created an inclusive environment that welcomed newcomers and longtime residents. Temporal Cities has intended to engage the Tenderloin community in a conversation about place and personhood that transcends polarizing debates about change in San Francisco.

In an on-going collaboration with the Tenderloin Museum, Temporal Cities received support from the Neighborhood Artist Collaborative grant, to produce three themed collection events, a story-sharing booth installation at the TL Museum,  and this event- a residency showcase to share their collection of stories with the larger San Francisco community.



You can view or contribute a story at

Participant Bios:


Lizzy Brooks works at the intersection of film, technology and social practice. In partnership with community groups, she merges personal and political narratives to trace the nuanced boundaries of the self, as it bleeds into cultural identity, the city and the land, and virtual space. She has exhibited in festivals, galleries, public spaces and universities in the US and internationally.


Radka Pulliam is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco. She practices drawing, video, embroidery and interventions in the urban environment, oftentimes utilizing collaborative and participatory work. Her work exists between art and everyday life, while exploring the boundaries between the private and the public. She received an MFA from California College of the Arts, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally.