WALKING CINEMA:  MUSEUM OF THE HIDDEN CITY is an interactive documentary about the history of affordable housing set in the real world streets of San Francisco.  Formatted as a smartphone-guided walking tour, the project uses GPS, immersive audio, and on-site installations to make audiences feel like they are exploring a highly interactive exhibit in a museum without walls. 

Excerpt from User Testing Dec 2018



As part of the Digital Projects for the Public grant we received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we created a prototype smartphone app and walking content in the Fillmore.  The app will be released in the App Store and Google Play in Spring 2019, but you can preview an advanced copy of the app on an iPhone 7 or later by doing the following:

  1. Download Apple’s Test Flight from the App Store.

  2. In your phone’s browser follow this link to get the app:

  3. In Test Flight on your iPhone, press “Accept” and then “Install”.

  4. You should have a new icon on your Iphone called “SeeHiddenCityARBeta.” Open the app and press “Begin” and then “Begin” again to start the audio content. Again, it works best if you can test on site, starting at St. Mary’s Cathedral in the Fillmore neighborhood.      


Augmented Reality is a core component of the walking experience of MUSEUM OF THE HIDDEN CITY.  This technology overlays images, animation, and video on top of your smartphone's camera.  In June 2018, Walking Cinema was invited to showcase the augmented reality component of the project at the Gray Area Arts Showcase in San Francisco.  The images and video below show how the team re-created a portion of the 1940 exhibit "A Space for Living" created by Telesis.  This highly-influential exhibit at the San Francisco Art Museum called into question the state of San Francisco housing and advocated modern planning and architecture to improve the core components of urban life:  services, play, work, and housing.  The augmented reality overlays show how this exhibit had an enormous impact and unintended consequences in the Fillmore neighborhood.  In the walking portion, a scaled down version of this exhibit will be a stop on the route.