SF by Ear is a collaborative project in which artists create work based on conversations overheard and collected in San Francisco.
How the San Francisco by Ear Project started - Michele Anderson and Leslie Lowinger teamed up, aesthetically speaking, six months ago. Both are fueled by their mutual fascination with eavesdropping, voyeurism and life in a big city
Finding she had too much time on her hands, Michele Anderson began riding the buses of San Francisco, jotting down bits and pieces of conversations circulating around the typically packed, creaky Muni buses. Leslie Lowinger always had wanted to combine words with images, and saw Michele's "found phrases" and creative eavesdropping as the ideal opportunity for a collaboration: words, images -- colluding.
Michele Anderson is a San Francisco journalist and mortgage slave who was first published in the Federal Supplement (she had penned a densely worded legal opinion on anti-knock gasoline). She now rides the buses of San Francisco, gleaning bons mots from just about anyone who breathes.
Etching and computer prints by Leslie Lowinger