Quick DefinitionsIts the effect of
place on the brain.It is the poetry of places.The study of the specific effects of the geographical environment,consciously organised or not on the emotions and behaviour ofindividuals.Ley lines, folklore, biography of people in place.Techniques to explore and extend the imaginative, experientialqualities of urban and other landscapes, as part of a wider attempt toachieve a revolutionary transformation of everyday life, theemotional and behavioural effects of the environment, and itsambience; cognitive mapping (the city in our heads, with the places that havespecia lmeaning for us); and what might more prosaically called localhistory.
Experienced / PracticedGet outside –
explorationDerive – rapid passage, drifting. StrollingTo transform a place, our perceptionof a place, and therefore the world.Experiencing place not in thesame way as everyone else.Unique perspectives.Drunken Situationists in Paris
The Theory of the DeriveOne
of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”],a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness ofpsychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classicnotions of journey or stroll.In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop theirrelations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motivesfor movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by theattractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think:from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, withconstant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entryinto or exit from certain zones.
Cindi Katz: the Hidden ConsequencesWhat
does it mean for space to hide consequences?What are the politics of either living with orconfronting this condition? If one of the tasks ofcritical geography is to analyze the historicalgeographies of capitalist development, it is importantto examine the historical geographies ofcontemporary capitalism as part of this project. Justas radical histories engage with standard histories toexhume forgotten and erased histories and socialactors, radical geographers confront the power ofgeography to eclipse particular people and materialsocial practices.
We define ourselves by our
surroundings and our situations.If you are brought up in a neighborhood that resembles a rat trap, pretty soon you are going tocome to the conclusion that you are probably a rat. If on the other hand you have got to the toolof psychogeography — or poetry, then you can look at the ordinary world around youwith the eye of a poet. If you have that kind of insight into the tawdry and debased streets inwhich most of us spend our lives, then instead of walking down a rat trap you are walkingthrough cataclysmic history, from your personal memories to the local legends then the rat trapbecomes a fable, a mythological landscape. And just as living in rat trap will give you theimpression you live in a rat trap, then l suspect that living in a mythological landscape mightafter a while give you the subliminal impression that you are at least a mythological figure. Aheroic character in your own narrative
To remap the area of
High Wycombe - a psychogeograpical event, a walk, a ‘derive‘ within the boundary of there-development area, the results of which will be used to animate the town centre with a temporary art installation.The aim of the LunchTime Dérive was to study how, by following a simple instruction, agroup of workers could re-experience thae town during their Lunch Break. The daily hunfor a prawn sandwich or ChickenTikka Masala Ready Meal will be replaced with a driftmotivated by following a basic algorithm Left left right
For discussion later...:Mobile Apps with
GPS and Mobile MappingFoursquare? Mayors ChickensSold on basis of “serendipity” - chance meetings. Really experiencing city innew ways? Transformation tool for life?Happyness app NottinghamBlockChalk etc Mobile extension of the mashup – storytelling, about placeGames Pacmanhatten
Time to go outside. Groups
of 2 or max. 3 It is practice based! so......Get into groups of 3.Each group take a piece of paper from me.Go outside and follow whats on the paperfor 10 mins (or longer) then come back. Using the space differently. Discover reality bout a place, or yourself Synchronistities, coincidences.