The map is not
what's there.
Psychogeography
and OSM.
Chippy – Tim Waters - @tim_waters
No time for questions
We go outside for bit.
Debrief after break – in
break room.
Psychogeography
Debord / Situationism
the Situationists found contemporary
architecture both physically
and ideologically restrictive, com...
Tortoise
Debord
The Theory of the Derive
One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”],
a technique of rap...
We define ourselves by our surroundings and our situations.
If you are brought up in a neighborhood that resembles a rat t...
Denis Wood
Two types of psychogeography
Debordian / Situationist
Lynchian
Why?
Because the cities and towns where we live are increasingly militarised and made
banal. Because there is a conspiracy of b...
Examples
Urban exploration?
Parkour?
To remap the area of High Wycombe earmarked for town centre re-development. The
remapping is to be undertaken in collabora...
http://mappingweirdstuff.wordpress.com/
Mapping Weird Stuff is a course offered as part of the OWjL
summer camp at Ohio We...
Biomapping
Christian Nold
Unconscious & reflection
Make Playce – Leeds
http://my.parkingday.org
Parking Day
Beating the bounds
Bring booze!
Power of Maps
Classic Examples
ordnance survey
aldermaston
in Brazil, Google said it “would tweak the site’s [Google
Maps'] design, name...
maps dont merely represent space, they shape
arguments, they set discursive boundaries and identify
objects to be consider...
Maps are made by
people.
Reflect our interests.
OSM mapping as
a form of “derive”
Exploration.
Discovery.
Not regular / allowed
activity.
Maps are made by
people.
Reflect our interests.
Gender
Baby Hatch
Pub
Creche
Childcare
wedothisbecauseweforget
What’s there?
Permanent?
Noise
Litter
Childrens play
equipment
Denis Wood
geography of the children of detroit.
mapped automobiles, trucks, dogs, cats, green shubs
and trees, dead shrub...
Trees
Last longer
than pubs
Bins
Litter
Rubbish collection routes
Landfills
waste trade - international
recycling & sustainability
The end of the talking bit
Go Outside
(I'd recommend starting outside the campus, but)
Break
Meet up in break room after for debrief
if you want
1. G...
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
The map is not whats there - psychogeography and openstreetmap
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  1. 1. The map is not what's there. Psychogeography and OSM. Chippy – Tim Waters - @tim_waters
  2. 2. No time for questions We go outside for bit. Debrief after break – in break room.
  3. 3. Psychogeography
  4. 4. Debord / Situationism the 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. Gawd knows! Coverley says that the SI / Debord's view of Psychogeography is not valid anymore The Term is vague!
  5. 5. Tortoise
  6. 6. Debord
  7. 7. The Theory of the Derive One 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 of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period 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. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: 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.
  8. 8. 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 to come to the conclusion that you are probably a rat. If on the other hand you have got to the tool of psychogeography — or poetry, then you can look at the ordinary world around you with the eye of a poet. If you have that kind of insight into the tawdry and debased streets in which most of us spend our lives, then instead of walking down a rat trap you are walking through cataclysmic history from your personal memories to the local legends then the rat trap becomes a fable, a mythological landscape. And just as living in rat trap will give you the impression you live in a rat trap, then l suspect that living in a mythological landscape might after a while give you the subliminal impression that you are at least a mythological figure. A heroic character in your own narrative
  9. 9. Denis Wood Two types of psychogeography Debordian / Situationist Lynchian
  10. 10. Why?
  11. 11. Because the cities and towns where we live are increasingly militarised and made banal. Because there is a conspiracy of boredom against the city. Because the Great God Pan, the rural deity, is long dead and we need different myths now. Because the city is chopped and parcelled up like a rack of commodities. Because the city is streamlined for ignorance and meaninglessness. Because hidden inside the functionality of the city are the secrets of texture and grain. Because the lost or stolen symbols of the city are still available for stealing back. Because the self-possession of the non-rich has always been a work of imagination. Because of the erosion of public space. Because no matter how much is planned and how much is subject to opportunism, this is only goes to producing accidental playgrounds and launch pads and caves. Because of violence, property, loss and neglect – of people and space. Because we are mobile. For the sake of remnants and traces. To be prepared and spontaneous. Because we are prepared to be spontaneous. Because we are poised. http://www.triarchypress.com/pages/Sardine-Street-Box-of-Tricks.htm
  12. 12. Examples
  13. 13. Urban exploration?
  14. 14. Parkour?
  15. 15. To remap the area of High Wycombe earmarked for town centre re-development. The remapping is to be undertaken in collaboration with community groups in High Wycombe by staging a psychogeograpical event, a walk, a ‘derive‘ within the boundary of the re-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, a group of workers could re-experience the town during their Lunch Break. The daily hunt for a prawn sandwich or Chicken Tikka Marsala Ready Meal will be replaced with a drift motivated by following a basic algorithm Left left right
  16. 16. http://mappingweirdstuff.wordpress.com/ Mapping Weird Stuff is a course offered as part of the OWjL summer camp at Ohio Wesleyan.
  17. 17. Biomapping Christian Nold
  18. 18. Unconscious & reflection
  19. 19. Make Playce – Leeds http://my.parkingday.org Parking Day
  20. 20. Beating the bounds Bring booze!
  21. 21. Power of Maps
  22. 22. Classic Examples ordnance survey aldermaston in Brazil, Google said it “would tweak the site’s [Google Maps'] design, namely its text size and district labeling to show favela names only after users zoomed in on those areas.” Map Kibera dwelling and the act of mapping dwelling and equalyl the act of not mapping dwelling and instead labelling them vacant land is therefore all about power
  23. 23. maps dont merely represent space, they shape arguments, they set discursive boundaries and identify objects to be considered. when individuals make their own maps, they offer and expression of what they consider important what they consider to be of interest and for which they are willing to fight for. challenge to presumed neutrality of the mapmaker.
  24. 24. Maps are made by people. Reflect our interests.
  25. 25. OSM mapping as a form of “derive”
  26. 26. Exploration. Discovery. Not regular / allowed activity.
  27. 27. Maps are made by people. Reflect our interests.
  28. 28. Gender Baby Hatch Pub Creche Childcare
  29. 29. wedothisbecauseweforget
  30. 30. What’s there?
  31. 31. Permanent?
  32. 32. Noise Litter Childrens play equipment
  33. 33. Denis Wood geography of the children of detroit. mapped automobiles, trucks, dogs, cats, green shubs and trees, dead shrubs and trees, bicyles, scooters, rubbish, trash, broken paper, litter cans. Bloomfield: grass, green shrubs and trees, bikes and toys. yards have ponds, toys, gym sets, play area. Mack ave - there are more dead shrubs than living, yards are fenced, no play areas, no bikes.
  34. 34. Trees Last longer than pubs
  35. 35. Bins Litter Rubbish collection routes Landfills waste trade - international recycling & sustainability
  36. 36. The end of the talking bit
  37. 37. Go Outside (I'd recommend starting outside the campus, but) Break Meet up in break room after for debrief if you want 1. Get into a group of MAX 3 people 2. Pick up a task – one per group 3. Head outside for a little bit

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