Multimedia Art Installation

Retracing the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing
around San Francisco Bay


Step out of time into an immersive multimedia installation by CW Director Rene Yung at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park visitor center!

Opening November 14, this new installation interprets results from the Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles art and research expedition last year, when we sailed on the park’s 43-foot replica SF Bay junk Grace Quan to retrace the forgotten history of Chinese shrimp fishing around San Francisco Bay.

Featuring sound and video captured during the sails, the installation transforms the park’s visitor center theater into an experiential environment that evokes this overlooked story, and comments on its obscuring in public memory.

An ephemeral “sail” erupts from the theater’s heavy blue velvet curtains, and video projection on this “sail” presents imagery that give a sense of being on the wooden junk on the Bay. A soundscape surrounds visitors with ambient sounds including water against boat, and wind in the sails, while a subtle layer of voices speak from historical texts and oral history interviews that are relevant to Chinese shrimping history.

This site-specific installation is part of a series of iterative reflections by Yung on this overlooked chapter of Bay Area history. It is part of Chinese Whispers’ ongoing collaboration with the the SF Maritime NHP to bring to light the maritime heritage of the early Chinese community around San Francisco Bay.

Come visit the free and accessible exhibit, and stay tuned for exciting public programming!

Artistic and Project Director: Rene Yung
Sound: Jeremiah Moore
Video: Chihiro Wimbush

Chinese Whispers: Bay Chronicles is made possible by generous support from the Creative Work Fund, with additional support from the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Center for Cultural Innovation, sponsors, and individual donors like you. We are a member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists.

Photo credit: Keith Baker photography

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November 14, 2015 - January 15 NOON, 2016

Opening Reception:
Sat. Nov. 14, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 pm

SF Maritime NHP Visitor Center
499 Jefferson Street at Hyde
San Francisco, California 94109

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Daily

Transit and Parking
Public Transit: Several MUNI bus and Cable Car routes stop close to the Pier--for MUNI information call 415/673-MUNI(6864) or

Parking: There are private garages in the Aquatic Park/Ghiradelli Square area. The closest street parking to the Pier is metered. 4-hour street parking is available at the end of Van Ness Avenue, 2-hour parking on Bay St. Visit for real-time meters pricing. We recommend public transportation.