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E-Derive: Psychogeography and the Digital Landscape


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E-Derive: Psychogeography and the Digital Landscape

  1. 1. E-Dérive: Psychogeography and the Digital Landscape An art project & workshop by: Julia Kaganskiy An Xiao Kevin Sweeney
  2. 2. Who are we?
  3. 3. Julia Kaganskiy
  4. 4. An Xiao
  5. 5. So, what is this workshop about?
  6. 6. Dé rive : literally “drift” or “drifting.” • A technique of rapid passage through varied ambiences • First developed by French Situationalist philosopher Guy Debord in 1958 • Used in his studies of architecture and the urban environment
  7. 7. “In a dérive one or more persons…drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.” - Guy Debord, “Theory of the Dérive,” Inte rnatio nale Situatio nniste #2 (Paris, December 1958)
  8. 8. Contemporary Urban Exploring
  9. 9. GPS Drawing
  10. 10. In a nutshell: Dérive is the exploration of a built environment without preconceptions
  11. 11. “…from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones.” - Guy Debord, “Theory of the Dérive,” Inte rnatio nale Situatio nniste #2 (Paris, December 1958) Dérive in an Urban Setting
  12. 12. Map of the internet on November 23, 2003. Via the Opte Project.
  13. 13. E-Dérive: An investigation of how we drift through the digital landscape.
  14. 14. Dérive Browsing •Regular browsing with the volume up •Less goal-oriented •Following sense of curiosity •Fewer presumptions •Very definition of browsing
  15. 15. The Workshop Goal: To create data visualization portraits of each participant’s unique travels online. We’ll be using a variety of tools: -Personas, by Aaron Zinman -Wordle -Google Maps -Dendro, by Kevin Sweeney
  16. 16. Personas • Visit html • Type in your name • View your Personas profile.
  17. 17. Wordle
  18. 18. GPS Visualizer
  19. 19. • Custom visualization tool • Visualization of how you spend your time online • Created by Kevin Sweeney, interactive developer at Fantasy Interactive
  20. 20. E-Dérive Portrait of An Xiao
  21. 21. Using • Visit • Click on “extras” • Scroll down to “bookmarklets” • Drag the “ NW” bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar
  22. 22. Rules for E-Dérive Browsing 1. Start at 2. Click around and explore. Follow any link that piques your interest. If you wish, Google a word or phrase from the text that intrigues you. 3. Tweet out a short description, the hashtag #ederive, and a link for each page you go to. 4. If you revisit a page, you could retweet your previous description 5. Each new page must be linked to the last or discovered via Google. 6. Cover as much ground as possible
  23. 23. E-Dérive Hits the Pavement
  24. 24. Contact Julia Kaganskiy @juliaxgulia Kevin Sweeney @restlessdesign Full E-Dérive Portraits (available by October 12) An Xiao @thatwaszen