Headlands Center for the Arts

Desire Trails

Desire Trails
Sunday, April 8




Hikes: $15 | $12 Members
Lunch: $10 | $8 Members

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Bag lunches available for pre-purchase


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Desire paths are well-trodden trails created by foot traffic, where the ground becomes imprinted evidence of a place that wants to be discovered and the people who seek it out. Grab your walking stick for this multilayered edition Desire Trails and embark a journey into the geologic folded and faulted terrain of the Marin Headlands. Artists and local scientists will interpret the chronology of local ideas, rocks, and land, shifting your perception of this complex locale.

We begin in Main Building 944 with an introduction and an optional, housemade bag lunch to take with you on your guided walk (scroll down to see the menu). The building opens at 12PM for an introduction, with guided walks leaving shortly thereafter. Hikes will generally take 60 to 90 minutes, unless otherwise stated.

Main Building 944 opens at 12PM for check-in, lunch pick-up, and an introduction.
Walks leave shortly thereafter.

Hike 1

Life Walk 01 with Sebastian Alvarez*

Life Walk 01 is the first of a series of walks led by the Chronosophical Society, a new organization that aims to reinterpret the values of anthropocentric time and the crisis these have been presented to our sense of time. Led by interdisciplinary artist Sebastian Alvarez, the Desire Trails experience oscillates between ancient rituals and contemporary practices that acknowledge deep and shallow time as well as the human and the non-human. Taking Headlands Center for the Arts as a starting point, participants are guided on a route that allegorizes a human lifetime. This performative journey attempts to compress the stages of human development in two hours, the typical length of a feature film.

*Note: Hike 1 is a two-hour excursion.

Hike 2

Double Vision with Andrea Steves, Yulia Pinkusevich, and Francois Hughes

Artists Andrea Steves, Yulia Pinkusevich, and Francois Hughes lead an interactive, multimedia hike drawing on early research from their collaborative project, Double Vision, which explores the Cold War history of the Headlands. The Marin Headlands was home to the Nike Missile Battery, part of a nationwide nuclear missile defense system active from 1951 to 1972. The walk experience includes material gathered from former Nike veterans and archives, as well as group activities that allow for collective reflection on this history and our current reality of heightened nuclear fears.

Hike 3

The CloudWalk with Minoosh Zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling

The CloudWalk is a performative walk through the landscape of the Marin Headlands. Together with the artists, participants are invited to think about our changing relationship to clouds as we transition between landscapes and technoscapes. Historically, clouds have provided water and were a symbol of air, and more recently clouds have come to symbolize data transfer and global knowledge streams. Chase clouds together and elaborate on their role in the natural landscape and our daily lives. Be prepared to become clouds yourselves and to transition between discussions about the natural environment and the landscape of data flows while connecting together in meaningful new ways.

Hike 4

New Rocks Walk with Tara Shi

While we’re now familiar with algorithms in our digital realms, we’re less aware of their role in our offline lives and the built environment. For this session, participants are invited to explore and collect data around the Headlands site via “random walking,” ending with a hands-on workshop to generate a new speculative geology, New Rocks.

Tara Shi is a designer, arts organizer, and architecture student based in Berkeley. She currently co-directs This Will Take Time, an artist residency in Point Arena, and is pursuing a masters in architecture at UC Berkeley. New Rocks is a project by Disk Cactus, an art and technology studio she co-founded.

Hike 5

Family Friendly Hike

Set off on a guided on a walk through the hills, and see folds, faults, and other geologic features develop in real time through hands-on activities. The hike grade will be easy to moderate, with stops along the way to take a close look at what is beneath the surface of the ground. *Children under 3 years of age do not require a ticket


Vegan sandwich (focaccia, roasted sweet potatoes, pumpkin seed and wild arugula pesto, cilantro, pickled carrots and onions)
Homemade corn nuts
Cardamom snickerdoodles