What is Psychogeography?
The practice of exploring the urban environment while being led by curiosity and a paused sense of time and place. While it is important to let your senses absorb the spaces around you, it is equally, if not more important to find yourself in new spaces, spaces stumbled upon by chance; paying attention to the smaller details, the lost objects, the signage, the fragments that make walking a reward in itself, with a slower pace and an increased opportunity to revel in the simple pleasures of things. A sense of wander/wonder is essential to find the simplicity in urban living.
What is it Really?
Psychogeography is the study of the effects of geographical settings, consciously managed or not, acting directly on the mood and behaviour of the individual.
- William Gibson
- "I've regarded Toronto ... as a city somehow uniquely blind to its own psychogeography"
- Alexander Trocchi
- "I remember long, wonderful psychogeographical walks in London with Guy [Debord]… He took me to places in London I didn’t know, that he didn’t know, that he sensed that I’d never have been to if I hadn’t been with him. He was a man who could discover a city… There was a magical quality to Guy. Distances didn’t seem to matter to the man. Walking in London, in the daytime, at night, he’d bring me to a spot he’d found, and the place would begin to live. Some old, forgotten part of London. Then he’d reach back for a story, for a piece of history, as if he’d been born there."
- Rebbeca Solnit
- “Perhaps it’s that you can’t go back in time, but you can return to the scenes of a love, of a crime, of happiness, and of a fatal decision; the places are what remain, are what you can possess, are what is immortal. They become the tangible landscape of memory, the places that made you, and in some way you too become them. They are what you can possess and in the end what possesses you.” (From A Field Guide to Getting Lost)