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Shapeshifting Stories 

Retell San Francisco through a hybrid, game-like storytelling event. Wander around the city, find your picks in tiny baskets on location or online. Follow the steps. 

Shapeshifting Stories


1. Pick a site

     a location, structure, cityscape, public art, bus stop, alley, and more. 

2. Pick a prompt. 

      a. How do you feel as though this site would taste?

      b. If you could touch this landscape as a whole, how do you think it would feel? 

      c. Give this site, statue, or area a new name.

      d. Compose a song about this spot. Sing it to someone you know. 

      e.Write a poem about this scene, location, or space. 


3. Pick a medium.


         b. Draw

         c. Design 

         d. Compose, sing 

         e. And more  


4. Create a new story with your combination(s).


5. Send them to us! 



Join a fireside chat and see San Francisco in many different ways. Fireside chat will take place online between 5pm-7pm. In person attendance will be limited to 10 people on location and participants must RSVP. 


Stories from the event will be made into a book collection of which the original will be kept by Stories Make Us + Tiny Publishings, a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization archive. Copies of it will be available to participants in a collection called Shapeshifting Stories at San Francisco Design Week 2022 in return for a suggested donation of 25$-50$. 


This event/experience was originally designed by Gozde Efe for Root Division, a visual arts non-profit, in 2019. Artist Tracy Ren contributed to the development of it by creating the initial prompts. 

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