Psychogeography

by rllyon2013

Is the concept of flexible space, it involves the emotional/psychological connotations of a space to the different people who use it. Its main technique is Dérive.

“The dérive, or drift, was defined by the situationists as the ‘technique of locomotion without a goal’, in which ‘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’. The dérive acted as something of a model for the ‘playful creation’ of all human relationships… The sudden change of ambiance in a street within the space of a few meters; the evident division of a city into zones of distinct psychic atmospheres; the path of least resistance which is automatically followed in aimless strolls (and which has no relation to the physical contour of the ground); the appealing or repelling character of certain places – all this seems to be neglected.”

Guy Debord, ‘ Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography

I believe that Dérive is one of the greatest attractions of Melbourne. Melbourne is a city of lane-ways, filled with hidden jems from restaurants and cafe’s to record stores and graffiti murals. As you walk through Melbourne, whether the route and destination is known or not, you still feel as though you are ‘drifting’ and every new thing you discover is a wonderful treasure. In Melbourne you are truly “drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there”.

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