Publication — Rising and Falling: How We Walk in Tampa

Rising and Falling: How We Walk in Tampa is a publication that resulted from our 8 month effort to work with walking, in a city that renders disposable bodies not confined to vehicles. This small book is our way of reflecting on our work, but it is also meant as a teaching and learning tool for young people in Tampa who may form their own walking communities. Contributors: Laura Bergeron, Rozalinda Borcila, Martin Bosman, Robert Brinkman, Desiree D’Alessandro, Sarah Hendricks, Sarah Lewison, Lou Marcus, Alan Moore, Raul Romero, Victoria Skelly

The book contains 5 durational walking projects and 6 walk/talks, folded in a handmade box. We have made a limited number of hardcopies (running out of the energy and time to make more boxes !!), and are distributing to friends and allies; please contact Rozalinda at if you would like us to mail you one. A hires pdf is available online at

This is a large file, please be patient. The book layout puts the walking conversations in relation with the durational walks; it includes images and descriptions of the walks and documents their translation in a number of different public exhibition situations. I am working on translating the booklet into a web-friendly presentation, with links to images and videos.

Below are excerpts from the Introduction, a transcribed introduction to a walking seminar with Sarah Lewison and the first walk/talk with Martin Bosman.
Many cheers



Rising and Falling: How we Walk in Tampa

Dates: November 26 – December 1 2007

A week of participatory walks, PDF available HERE
Walking and Not Walking has returned, with small experiments and workshops over the past few months. You are invited to participate in this week long series of events in Tampa – from the USF campus to the Hyde Park Historic Village and the Sulfur Springs Kmart desert.

1. Stroll Towards a Dream (Home)
In this intimate walking tour, you will guided by your friendly Dream Estate Agent through Historic Hyde Park. You will be exploring, shopping for and acquiring your ideal “home”.
When: Tue, Nov 27 — Thu, Nov 29 – Fri, Nov 30 between 3-5 PM
Where: Old Hyde Park
To participate: To reserve a spot on this walking tour, contact Laura Bergeron, your friendly Dream Estate Agent:


Center for Getting Ugly invites you to the Open House!!


Images from the Center for Getting Ugly Open House, a public presentation of different diagrams for action/intervention in the city of Tampa which collectively constitute “Why don’t we all just get along? Counter Cartographies of Playing Nice”.  Documentation of subsequent activities, including actions resulting from this work, will be be posted on this site. The evening ended with a meeting around the cob oven to discuss and plan walking interventions as part of the Center’s continuing Walking and Not Walking initiative. The first walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th.

Open House + Not-Walk

You are invited to the Center for Getting Ugly Open House this Friday, hosted on April 7th, 8-11 PM at the USF School of Art and Art History in Tampa. Please look for the following activities:

1. “Can’t We All Just Get Along? Counter-Cartographies of Playing Nice” . Invited or self-appointed Special Fellows have been researching the production of compliance in various concrete situations, with particular emphasis on the urban landscape. (more…)


Center for Getting Ugly Special Fellows Sue Kenney and Alexandra Matute are self-appointing to the Council of Peripheral Visionaries and inviting you to yet another sleep-out (more…)

Workshop with Brian Holmes

The Stuart S. Golding Endowment Lecture Series and the common_places Center for Getting Ugly invite you to a series of provocative lectures, discussions and workshops with Brian Holmes

March 6-9, on the USF campus, FAS building, all events free and open to the public.

Monday, March 6 6-8 PM in FAH 288
Lecture: The Potential Personality: Trans-subjectivity in the society of control
This presentation considers the possibilities for art practice in the society of control – characterized by procedures which “channel perception, intellection and affection into predetermined behaviors”.

Provisional location

common_places is intended as an itinerant resource. we will try to post, on this blog, updates on its travels and availability. we also use our email contacts list for updates. please contact us at for information or if you wish to be added to the list.

we do have a base we work from between travels. our colleagues at Gymnasium Labs have welcomed us in their space, appropriately housed in the former gymnasium of the Florida Mental Health Research Institute. we will be available there on the second thursday of every month, except for periods of extended travel. we invite you to visit, browse, nap, make copies, discuss.. we also welcome your participation in the project through interpretive interventions.

MHH – Gymnasium Labs
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620

From 275, take Fowler Ave going east
North on Bruce B Downs Blvd
East (right) on Magnolia into the parking lot
enter building through the north entrance
we are the second door on your right

workshop in pirate radio and transmitter assembly


after discussions about the public sphere, regulation of the airwaves, and media monopolies, our workshop lasted half a day: by its end we had built four transmitters, daisychained them and we were going on the air. the workshop itself was also broadcast using neuroTransmitter’s more powerful transistor backpak. notice Wayne’s beutiful drawings of transistors, resistors and capacitors in the background….

Valerie in the air chair

Valerie in the air chair

Valerie Tavere and Wayne Hodge of neuroTransmitter are with common_places in Tampa to present their work and, next day, to conduct a pirate radio workshop. Valerie summons the vibes…

Tampa: lounging…


our screening and napping area. visitors can select a vhs/dvd to project and share a mattress. sleeping and snoring welcome

Tampa: screening “Retooling Dissent”

viewing "Retooling Dissent"

viewing “Retooling Dissent”; one of three screening areas

Tampa: surfing


laptops are made available for leisurely web surfing, or to view DVD’s/CD’s

Tampa: at your own pace

books and booklets, brochures, magazines, photos, posters, print-outs, newspapers… you can browse at your own pace in the air chairs.


invitation to common_places:Tampa

common_places Tampa
Oliver Gallery – University of South Florida
October 20-30 2004
For directions call (813)974-9226 or see

An itinerant resource to connect various forms of resistance, creativity, critique, action. A developing resource on cooperative practice. A place for consulting collective intelligence, exchange of resources, dialogue. A place to read, watch movies, browse, sleep, eat, talk, share, play, use and re-invent. An exercise in free public space.

Open 24 hours per day – once open, our doors will not close!

We have available internet-linked computers, VHS and DVD players (NTSC and PAL), a free Xerox machine and free CD’s for copying information … and free water and coffee. Our growing resource includes books, pamphlets, print-outs, Xerox copies, photos, posters, sound and video works…. We have viewing, seating, lounging, napping and play areas.

Special events:
Daily coffee – 5-7AM
Daily lunch – baked potatoes @ noon. Many thanks to USF Ceramics for use of their kilns
Thu, Oct 21st , 8PM – film screenings
Mon, Oct 25th 8PM – town meeting: initiatives and actions planned around the elections
Tues, Oct 26th 8PM – round table talk-in: resistance in a conservative state, activism in Florida
Thu, Oct 28th 4-6 PM – neuroTransmitter is here!
Fri, Oct 29th 11AM-4PM – hands-on workshop in pirate radio and transmitter assembly. Get on the air!! On-site radio broadcasts Friday and Saturday
Saturday, Oct 29th 8PM – food and drink (aka closing reception) featuring the Mobile Performance Group from deLand, Florida

We are happy to offer you our space for your events, meetings, teach-ins; we are open to local collaborative projects in need of production space or staging areas. For additional info, or to schedule your use of the space, contact