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Taking a surreal walking tour down Telegraph Avenue

on September 8, 2010

Dozens of people participated in a different type of art walk along Telegraph Avenue on Friday. It was the launch of Invisible City Audio Tours, which was founded by Tavia Stewart-Streit who came up with the idea of creating surreal tourism in Oakland. Her goal was to show an alternative way of looking at Telegraph Avenue by bringing together Bay Area authors, visual artists and a composer to guide walkers on a tour from MacArthur Bart Station to the central hub of Art Murmur at 23rd Street and Telegraph.

Some of the stops along the way were the McNary-Morgan-Greene & Jackson Mortuary, the freeway underpass, Oasis Market and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Each place was accompanied by a fictional story that people could listen to on a mp3 player while a visual artist set up a table filled with their art inspired by the location. The tour culminated at a window installation at Keys That Fit gallery where all of the artist’s work was displayed.

The tour is free and now is permanently available for people who missed out during Art Murmur. An audio download and map with information on the authors and artists can be found on the Invisible City website. There will be a reading of the stories at Royal Nonesuch Gallery on Saturday, September 11 from 7 pm to 10 pm.

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Click the audio link to hear from the creator of Invisible City Audio Tours and some of the participating artists. Some audio mixing by Tavia Stewart-Streit. Music composed by Jesse Solomo Clark. Artists speaking: Farley Gwazda, Thuy H. Nguyen, Nancy Arms Simon.


  1. Farley Gwazda on September 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Hi – I’m one of the artists who participated in this event. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for writing up the story and creating such a fantastic documentation of the event.

  2. Richard on September 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

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