San Francisco Underworld is a psychogeography map of my dérive in San Francisco.
The dérive is a revolutionary strategy originally conceived by Guy Debord. It is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relation and “let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there”.
After my dérive, I realized my personal attachment to the manhole covers I step on every day. To me they are a metaphor for the social stratification that exists in our consumerist society.
My psychogeography is three layers. The first is a list of names of people who work below the surface. The second is logotypes from the manhole covers themselves. And the third is footprints which represent the pressure from above.
- Author and graphic designer
- Yanhongrui Zhuang