Invisible-5 is a self-guided critical audio tour along Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It uses the format of a museum audio tour to guide the listener along the highway landscape. Invisible-5 investigates the stories of people and communities fighting for environmental justice along the I-5 corridor, through oral histories, field recordings, found sound, recorded music, and archival audio documents. The project also traces natural, social, and economic histories along the route. Sites along the tour, which can be driven in either direction, include Livermore, Crows Landing, Kesterson NWR, Kettleman City, and Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. The entire free, downloadable program in MP3 format with a printable PDF booklet is available at www.invisible5.org.
Invisible-5 was produced as a collaboratively between three artists and two organizations; artists, Amy Balkin and Kim Stringfellow; audio lead, Tim Halbur; and non-profit organizations, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, and Pond: Art, Activism, and Ideas. The project was supported through a grant from the Creative Work Fund. This project was featured on NPR’s regional news program “The California Report” produced by Bay area NPR affiliate, KQED. The feature originally aired on Friday, October 13th, 2006. Invisible-5 was included in an Atlas, a traveling exhibition of artists working within radical cartography and The City Is A Blazing, Burning Bonfire at Cubitt, London in 2011. Amy Balkin and Kim Stringfellow participated in the Los Angeles Central Library's ALOUD Lecture Series Ground Truth: Mapping the Invisible Landscape on November 9, 2008. Ground Truth included artist, Trevor Paglen and was moderated by Matt Coolidge, director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation.
- The City Is A Blazing, Burning Bonfire, Cubitt, London, U.K.
- EcoCultures, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
- HALF LIFE: Patterns of Change (Eve Andrée Laramée/Kim Stringfellow), Santa Fe Art Institute, NM
- Citizen Artists Making Emphatic Arguments, Casa de Tunel Art Center, Tijuana, Mexico
- Future Of Nations: Citizen Artists Making Emphatic Arguments, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
- an Atlas: a traveling exhibit of radical cartography (visit www.an-atlas.com for exhbition venues and dates)
- just space(s), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
- Invisible-5 project launch/panel discussion, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
- Emily Eliza Scott, “Field Effects: Invisible-5's Illumination of Peripheral Geographies,” Art Journal (College Art Association), Winter 2010
- The California Report, National Public Radio (produced by Bay area NPR affiliate KQED) on Friday, October 13th, 2006. Click [here] to listen to the archived radio program.
- Kristen Palm, “Not Just Another Roadside Attraction,” Metropolis Magazine, July 2006