Art practices/Psychogeography

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Introduction edit

The study of the specific effects of the geographical environment (whether consciously organized or not) on the emotions and behavior of individuals.
Relating to psychogeography. That which manifests the geographical environment’s direct emotional effects.

Psychogeography was originally conceived by the Lettrist International - an off shoot of the Lettrist movement. It was later defined by the SI as above. Although psychogeography started out as an art practice in the 1950s, it has since been adopted as means of researching the urban environment in a broader context.[1]

It can be seen as part of art practices but has also been used in the disciplines of geography, media studies, literature and others.

Psychogeographical exercises edit

1. Continuous drift - see dérive

Psychogeographical games edit

1. The Joker - WNLA

Psychogeographical maps edit

Exercise 1: edit

Using a map of one city to navigate another city This was a method used by the Lettrists and Situationists

Exercise 2: Psychogeographs edit

This method was developed by the LPA in some newsletters and maps which combined the cartographies of 2 or more different places in one metagraph or psychogeograph.

London exercise: Using and

Algorythmic Psychogeography edit

Using algorithms to navigate a drift/ derive. This method was developed in 2001 by Wilfred Hou Jebek in Amsterdam as part of the Hot summer of psychogeography in 2002.

Algoriths used:

In 2016, Karen Karnak issued a call for an international drift game: /UNREAL NON-REALITY

Psychogeographical situations edit

Situations for discussion edit

These situations made by psychic workers and psychogeographical groups

Can you identify in each video:

  1. The parameters in space, time and class
  2. The organiser of the situation?

See also edit

See Wikipedia entry

external edit

References edit

  1. Richardson T. (2015) Postmodern Urbanism and the New Psychogeography accessed 28 August 2015