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BARGE — The Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics — was started by David Buuck in 2003. BARGE has organized several (de)tours, actions, and installations in and  around the San Francisco Bay Area, investigating regional sites and spaces that are underrepresented and overlooked in more conventional touristic, commercial, & socio-political notions of place and public space. BARGE investigates how vernacular landscapes — from highways and billboards to waterfronts and public utilities, from industrial lots and server farms to military bases and surveillance zones — are constructed and inhabited, while also exploring the ways in which engaged psychogeography can provide new modes of counter-tourism and activism. In addition to walks, tours, installations, and performance, BARGE has developed guidebooks and performative slide lectures, some of which have been presented in San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Washington, D.C., Vancouver, Portland, London, and elsewhere.

Follow the links on the left to learn about recent BARGE projects.

Follow us at the blog and BARGE Flickr page.

Email us at davidbuuck (at) gmail (dot) com to join the BARGE mailing list.