Echo Location: The Cultural Geopolitics in South of Market was an exploration to locate the social and spiritual epicenter of South of Market (SOMA). Through film screenings, theatrical performances, discussions, and interactive art experiences, Echo Location centers the experience of two historically marginalized groups essential to the heritage of SOMA: the Filipinx and LGBTQIA+ communities. These two groups have existed side-by-side in the South of Market for decades, forming the neighborhood’s cultural geopolitics: its site-specific political and cultural identity. Their ascendant influence on public policy, space, and services marks the power that these two communities hold, overlapping in their engagement around cultural formation and organized mutual aid over time.


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