Understanding Derive/Psychogeography


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Understanding Derive/Psychogeography

  1. 1. Derive/Drift and Psychogeography  
  2. 2. Derive/Drifting <ul><ul><li>Developed by French Situationalist philosopher Guy Debord in 1958, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Debord used this technique to study architecture and the urban environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Derive is a technique of rapid passage through varied surroundings.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A &quot;drifter&quot; explores the built environment (the concrete jungle) without preconceptions. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Derive in an Urban Setting <ul><ul><li>Situationists found contemporary architecture both physically and ideologically restrictive, combining with outside cultural influence, effectively creating an undertow, and forcing oneself into a certain system of interaction with their environment.   (see source page) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From a derive point of view, cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones. </li></ul><ul><li>-Guy Debord </li></ul><ul><li>Psycho geography : the study of specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not on the emotions and behaviors of individuals </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Guy Debord </li></ul>
  4. 4. An example of Derive/Drift: You go for a walk around your neighborhood with no intended path or goal. You freely explore your surroundings by being conscious of but not necessarily following intended walkways or street signs.  Allow yourself to be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters you find along the way.
  5. 5. Examples of Contemporary Urban Exploring: If you were to walk through these images, consider how their construction would affect your interaction with the space. Where are you visually guided? Where are you visually directed away from?
  6. 6. Another way to Drift: Map it! <ul><li>Print a map and draw an image on it. (You can just use the outline of our hand.) Explore your surroundings by following the lines you've created. See if you have a different appreciation of your city after the experience. Do you think the structure of your city should be altered?  </li></ul>
  7. 7. Apply Your Understanding of Psychogeography to the Tim Gilmore Poetry Selections. <ul><li>From www.deadpaper.org: What is psychogeography? </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;People can see nothing around them that is not their own image; everything speaks to them of themselves. Their very landscape is animated. Obstacles were everywhere. And they were all interrelated, maintaining a unified reign of poverty.&quot;  Guy Debord,  On the Passage of a Few Persons through a Rather Brief Unity of Time  (film)  </li></ul><ul><li>Question to consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Gilmore's impressionistic narrative approach to poetry. How does his poetic style reflect the theme of psychogeography? Quote from his poetry to support your answer. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sources for this Presentation:     E-Derive: Psychogeography and the Digital Landscape http://www.slideshare.net/anxiaostudio/ederive-ppt  Psychogeography. Guest talk at Leeds University   http://www.slideshare.net/chippy/psychogeography-leeds