Following the Joseph Cornell film that I found (Gnir Rednow 1955), I felt like my own film had no real purpose. My footage needed to be more open, more natural, more oblivious. I was told about Guy Debord and his psychogeographic movement…
PsychoGeography: “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”
Diverse activities that raise awareness of the natural and cultural environment around you.
Attentive to senses and emotions as they relate to place and environment.
Often political and critical of the status quo.
Derive: aimless, random drifting through a place, guided by whim and an awareness of how different spaces draw you in or repel you.
Dérive: “A mode of experimental behavior linked to the condition of urban society: a technique of transient passage through varied ambiances.” Situationists used “ambiance” to refer to the feeling or mood associated with a place, to its character, tone, or to the effect or appeal it might have; but they also used it to refer to the place itself, especially to the small, neighborhood-sized chunks of the city they called unités d’ambiance or unities of ambiance, parts of the city with an especially powerful urban atmosphere. Wood “Lynch Debord.“
Guy Debord, Guide Pychogéographique de Paris
“The unities of ambiance appeared on the map as fragments of commercial street maps carefully cut out to indicate each unity’s defenses and exits. The psychogeographic slopes were symbolized by red arrows indicating the forces the city exerted on drifters freed from other motivations for moving: drifters would be pulled in the direction of the arrows from one unity of ambiance to another. The weight, shape, and patterning of the arrows indicated the lengths and strengths of the psychogeographic slopes.” Wood “Lynch Debord.“