Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Psychogeography and the Dérive
Psychogeography is an interesting exploration used by the Situationists. As Guy
Debord defines it: "[psychogeography is] a slightly stuffy term that's been applied to a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities. Psychogeography includes just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape." This can be more interesting and applicable than how this definition makes it sound. This site has a nice introduction and two projects in Paris and New Orleans:
One woman, Jennifer Dumpert, explored (explores?) this concept thoroughly, applying dreams to her landscape, overlaying places with emotions and memories, making them hers, or ours. She makes the space around her more human. This is less philisophical or political than Debord's version. Read:
I haven't explored this too much myself...but it looks like it has a lot of potential.