Good For One Fare

A homage to the heroes, tragedy and psychogeography of Philadelphia

The term psychogeography was invented by Guy Debord in 1955. Inspired by the concept of the flâneur–an urban wanderer–Debord suggested new and inventive ways of navigating the urban environment in order to examine its architecture and spaces.

I took the idea of wandering and how the environment directly influences experience to heart when I wrote the short stories in Good For One Fare. I drew inspiration from conversations that I overheard on the subway, comments on Instagram and Facebook, and my own personal experience and the experiences of close friends. I took a free-roaming, collage-like and artistic approach to combining the true and imaginary adventures of citizens from different neighborhoods in Philadelphia into a new narrative that is able to reveal deeper truths about the city than a strict documentary retelling would be able to.

The stories are at times dire and other times humorous. They explore the effects of the opioid epidemic, long-entrenched ethnic, racial and economic class alliances and conflicts, rampant gentrification, and poverty. Despite the heavy nature of the tales, I hope that they reveal the humanity of each of the characters, and inspire people to think a bit harder about the lives of people in other neighborhoods of their own city.

As part of my participation in the Radical Cut-Up program at the Sandberg Institute, I had the chance to take the writing in the book and transform it into an installation at the Looiersgracht 60 Gallery in Amsterdam. Building on the idea of wandering through a city via public transit, I created a set of oversize Septa tokens. Despite the advent of contact-less payment systems that many public transit systems throughout the world utilized, Philadelphia held on to its archaic token and transfer system until 2017.

I chose the token because it alluded to the inherent dysfunction and game of catch up that many of Philadelphia’s institutions play, and also because I liked the idea that a token allowed you entry into a system, and afforded a way to travel through a city. In this case, the system or city that you are granted entry to is my book of stories.

Each token has a citation from the book written on in, creating a talismanic link to the people and places in Good For One Fare. The set of tokens was placed throughout the gallery, and accompanied by a release and reading of the book itself.

Project

Type

For

1 Sea Change

Publication Design

Haverford University

2 Heartworm Reader Issue One

Publication Design

Heartworm Press

3 Slagerij DeSchuyt

Identity Design

Slagerij DeSchuyt

4 By Proxy

Publication Design

James Cohan Gallery

5 Carbon Social Club

Identity Design

Lauren GIfford

6 Memory Place Desire

Publication Design

Haverford University

7 Digital Anthropomorphism

Publication Design

Andre Gray

8 Louise Nevelson

Publication Design

Locks Gallery

9 Making: Your Life As An Artist

Publication Design

Andrew Simonet

10 TwoFiveSix

Website Design

TwoFiveSix

11 A Field Guide to Philadelphia's Public Art

Publication Design

City of Philadelphia

12 Elizabeth Atterbury

Publication Design

The Colby Museum

13 Good For One Fare

Publication & Installation Design

Self-Initiated

14 Strategic HR

Publication Design

Ed Krow

15 Ultraboost 19

Global Advertising Campaign

adidas

16 City as Protagonist

Publication Design

Self-Initiated

17 What We Want Is Here

Publication Design

Asian Arts Initiative

18 Killscreen

Website Design & Strategy

Killscreen

19 The World by Train

Publication Design

Self Initiated

20 Next City Aniversary

Editorial Design & Art Direction

Next City

21 An Inaccurate, Incomplete and Absolutely True History of the City of Philadelphia

Publication & Installation Design

Self-Initiated

22 Philagrafika 2010

Publication Design

Philagrafika

23 Michael Snow / Photo-Centric

Publication Design

Philadelphia Musuem Of Art

24 LoDown x Radical Cutup

Publication Design

LoDown Berlin

25 The Pool

Identity Design

The Pool

26 The World Stage

Exhibition Design

Next City

27 Depth of Surface

Publication Design

Philagrafika

28 Next City Magazine

Magazine Design

Next City

29 Akustikplatten

Identity Design

Julien Grefe

30 Heartworm Publications

Publication Design

Heartworm Press

31 Letting Go

Publication Design

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

32 Steve Powers

Publication & Website Design

Steve Powers

33 The Stumbling Present

Publication Design

University of Santa Barbara

34 Swindle Magazine

Magazine Design

Roger Gastman & Shepard Fairey

35 Common Touch

Publication Design

Library Company of Philadelphia

36 Mural Arts @30

Publication Design

Mural Arts Program

37 City Limits Magazine

Magazine Design & Art Direction

City Limits

38 Fels Policy Research Initiative

Identity Design

University of Pennsylvania

39 Red Collective

Identity Design

Red Collective Real Estate Group

40 Haiku Song

Publication Design

Mural Arts Program

41 Room 21

Website & Identity Design

Barnes Foundation / Jace Clayton