Article review: Marc Tuters

In Honours blog on June 5, 2009 at 6:21 am

Tuters, Marc. “The Locative Commons: Situating Location-Based Media in Urban Public Space”

This is something that I want to explore a bit more, psychogeography and the dérive (drift). Since I want to be creating a series of podcasts that is about Melbourne, and being immersed in the city, this seems like a relevant theory.

“The central trope of psychogeography is the “drift” or “dérive”, a kind of meditative walking practice through the urban landscape. The walk encourages the drifter to “get lost” in order to break with ingrained patterns of routine. According to the SI, the dérive reveals the landscape as a source of endless possibilities in which a multitude of paths open for remapping the city.” (pg. 1)

“The psychogeographic dérive is contiguous to the political tradition of urban theory…which claims that random encounters in public spaces, often referred to as “the Commons” are essential to the functioning of the democratic society. Psychogeography encourages encounters from outside our own contained and carefully constructed realities.” (pg. 1)

“Only very recently come collaborative research and development projects between artists designers and technologists, have begun to address the problem of designing an interactive urbanism aware of the potentials and problems of a mobile, networked connectivity.” (pg. 3)

“The Locative Media Network seek to marry the interests of the psychogeographer (whom we may frame as a “city hacker”, after Social Fiction) with those of the online community networking enthusiast. (pg. 3)

Overall: good.

  1. Now, I’m afraid, as if all that wasn’t enough, and building on Self, Debord and Situationism, there’s Mythogeography.

  2. Gee, I didn’t look at that at all. Next podcast series!

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