San Francisco Underworld

Yanhongrui Zhuang

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.

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Yanhongrui Zhuang
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