October 23, the San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, a project of Jeannene Przyblyski, sponsored an afternoon of search and serendipity created by artist Lee Walton. Participants were given a c.100 page book of “instructions,” then set out on a quest to find the randomly ordered clues. Chance was the essential ingredient: each clue branched into several possible successors. Groups were instructed to “call in” their clues as they found them. I helped man the office, where bedlam ensued. As groups called in their clues, we attached the relevant pages to the wall with colored stickers. Some groups worked so fast their streams of paper cascaded off the wall, while others neglected to call in at all. When a group finished, they were to return to start for a catered party. The last group to arrive had taken the wrong bus and ended up in Daly City, a Situationist-inspired comedy of sorts.

—Terri Cohn

- Meredith Tromble [Sunday, October 27th, 2002]



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