The Autobiographical Atlas

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June 11th, 2023 1:00 PM

  • Instructor: Tim Svenonius
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $160
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

Imagine a personal history made up of maps and charts. What stories would yours tell? In this workshop you'll chart aspects of your personal or family history to make your own autobiographical atlas.

First we'll look at examples of maps and charts that go beyond imparting empirical information. Then we'll embark on a series of exercises that explore ways of conveying personal and autobiographical stories through mapping, charting, and graphing. In the second session you'll turn those into a card book and a custom envelope to contain it. 

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: Bring a variety of your preferred drawing materials, plus any personal ephemera you may wish to incorporate. The card book format offers plenty of opportunity to integrate found materials. 

Date & Time: Sundays, June 11 & 18, 2023 :: 1-5pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Tim Svenonius (he/him)

Tim Svenonius is a mixed-media artist whose work explores the intersections of history, memory and myth. A voracious reader and an avid researcher, his work is shaped by deep investigations into arcane knowledge and lore. He has worked for two decades in the museum field, as a designer, writer, and producer of digital media. In 2015 he self-published a monograph, A Book of Lost Latitudes, which explores the role of the whale in mythology and literature, through evocative drawings and found texts.

Past Student Reviews:

“Tim is such a patient, kind instructor. His questions and gentle probing follow-ups really helped me focus ideas and get a clear sense of my project.”

“It was a novel way to record memories and experience. Several of us clearly found it a moving exercise.” 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States