PLACE TALKS is an experimental platform for performative research and a dynamic framework for location-oriented inquiry. PLACE TALKS supports the Bay Area creative community by creating a context for exchange that encourages interdisciplinary practices and forges connections through the commonality of place.

LECTURES — PLACE TALKS is a series of visual lectures that occurs at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco. Bay Area artists, writers, designers, architects, archivists, librarians (and other curious people) share talks on location-related topics, illustrated by content from the Prelinger Library's rich collection. The talks began within the Artist-in-Residence framework at the Library.

PROJECTS — PLACE TALKS presents collaborative projects by Nicole Lavelle and Charlie Macquarie. Projects range in form, from publications to events to installations to public gestures. Projects interact broadly with alternative research methods, environment, speculation, collective histories...


UPCOMING EVENTS — We are taking a break from our regular monthly lectures for the first half of 2017 to expand PLACE TALKS into new contexts. Join us out in the world!

January 26, 2017
Wolfman and PLACE TALKS at The Thing
presented by
E.M. Wolfman Books at The Thing Quarterly
7pm, 447 O'Farrell St, San Francisco
Reading by Nicole Lavelle with images by Jenny Rose Edwards, PLACE TALK by Charlie Macquarie, reading by Meagan Day with photographs by Hannah Klein (from "MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT")

March 16, 2017
COMMONSOURCE
part of Live Practice at YBCA
6-9pm, 701 Mission St, San Francisco
Library, installation, soapbox readings, and drinks in the Grand Lobby


ARCHIVE — View the archive of the first three seasons of PLACE TALKS lectures.
Season 3: Fall 2016
Season 2: Spring 2016
Season 1: Fall 2015


Learn more about Charlie and Nicole here.

The 2016 Spring and Fall seasons of PLACE TALKS are generously funded by an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure, by the Prelinger Library's Artist-in-Residence Program, and by donations from the audience. Thank you everyone!

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