Finds so far.
Psychogeography is 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.
The practice of psychogeography, which in many ways is similar to the activities engaged in by the flâneur is nostalgic on some level; for a time when the pace of life in the city was slower and one could frequently take the time to absorb the details of the city…to drift.
Psychogeography is the study of the effects of geographical settings, consciously managed or not, acting directly on the mood and behaviour of the individual.
Dérive is the French work for drift or wander.
In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there… But the dérive includes both this letting go and its necessary contradiction: the domination of psychogeographical variations by the knowledge and calculation of their possibilities.
Knabb, Ken, ed. Situationist International Anthology, Berkley: Bureau of Public Secrets, 1995. pg 50.
Guy Debord helped create Lettrist International in the 50′s it later turned in to Situationist International and was a driving force behind the idea of subversive action being taken to awaken society. Debord and friends are thought to have helped start the French revolution of the 60′s.
I like the idea of changing the everyday experience, facilitating change by changing actions.
What would happen to London if everyone took more time and interest in things they dont care about?