Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography

4th World Congress of Psychogeography 6th, 7th & 8th September 2019.
NEW! Open Call For Proposals ends 28th May 2019.

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The 4th World Congress 2019, 6th 7th & 8th September 2019

The date has been set for the next Congress! Call for proposals coming soon! Feel free and look at previous years Congresses for what to expect. 2019 will be a 3 day congress on 6/7/8 September, with Friday to be held in Heritage Quay in Huddersfield, Saturday in Dewsbury and Sunday in Marsden.

Open Call for Proposals. Ends 28th May 2019

Open Call For Proposals Form (on Surveymonkey)
This Year’s Theme: "Psychogeography is..."
This year’s 4th World Congress of Psychogeography theme is an acknowledgement that psychogeography can no longer (if it ever could) be confined within narrow boundaries of definition. Who does psychogeography, where, for what motivation or intention, and with what medium of expression, is now wide open. How you choose to define Psychogeography is your choice - the Selection Panel will be swayed by the persuasiveness with which you present your case.

This year’s Congress will adopt a different hub each day:
Friday – Heritage Quay, the University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
Saturday – in and around Empire House, Dewsbury town centre
Sunday – the Pennine village of Marsden

Open Call For Proposals Form. The call ends 28th May 2019.

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Coverage from 2018

Read Andrew Howe's report on the 2018 Congress: https://andhowenow.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/fourth-world-congress-of-psychogeography/

Victoria Karlsson has written a write up about the congress including details about her work http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/pgcommunity/2018/10/05/sonic-margins-at-the-4th-world-congress-of-psychogeography-in-huddersfield/

Elspeth (Billie) Penfold writes about her and Sonia Overall's event at the Congress http://elspethpenfold.blogspot.com/2018/09/weaving-walk-fourth-world-congress-of.html

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About The Congress

The 4th World Congress of Psychogeography in 2018 brings together people from all walks of life to to Huddersfield this autumn. With a mix of walks and talks, come and find out what it’s all about and take the opportunity to explore new ways of seeing the world around you.
Please note that some details may change; please check these listings nearer the time to double-check the running order. Any under-16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please dress appropriately for the weather if you are taking part in an outdoor activity. Some events may require booking, but all are free.

What is Psychogeography?

Guy Debord, a leading figure in the Situationist International, refers to psychogeography in terms of how environments might affect the emotions and behaviours of individuals in conscious and unconscious ways. The practice then of psychogeographical walking, also known as the derive/drift, is a way of departing from the usual mode of walking for work or leisure purposes and is seen as a way to creatively and playfully explore different places. Therefore derives/drifts are different to a casual walk, stroll because the aims are to explore what places we are drawn to and discouraged from. Chance and spontaneity is key to the process of doing derives/drifts. Here are some starting points to think about psychogeography and the idea of the derive/drift:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychogeography
http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/2.derive.htm
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-29/april/walking-radical-talk

By doing psychogeography, by walking across places and spaces in a different way, we may learn three new things: About the places themselves, about ourselves and how we relate to these particular spaces, and about space and place in general with possibly seeing a glimmer of what's really going on there.

History of the World Congress

The First World Congress of Psychogeography took place in June of 2015 in two locations at the same time – Huddersfield and Leeds. The Congress was convened in order to host the launch of an edited collection of essays about current psychogeography in the United Kingdom (Read the Walking Inside Out Introduction PDF) edited by Tina Richardson and also to invite the Class Wargames collective to do a talk and to show how Debord’s Game of War works as a situationist board game with the aims being to use wargaming as a metaphor to explore the social relations of capitalism. Arguably, the hosting of these two events shifted the ley lines and seismic energies in the Northern Heartlands, as evidenced by a seventh levitation of the Odeon Cinema in Huddersfield. Members of the World Congress of Psychogeographers have already levitated the Odeon Cinema six times in previous years! The second and third World Congresses may take place next year or they may have already happened. David Bollinger, the District Commissioner of the West Yorkshire Federation of Psychogeographers, claims that that the second and third Congresses took place on June the 21st in 1984 and 2012, but we as the Huddersfield Psychogeography Network argue that such claims are spurious. There are indeed some irreconcilable differences between Mr David Bollinger and the Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network with possible and necessary resignations from positions which may be required in the near foreseeable future.
Interested readers can read a text about Bollinger 'Either put on these glasses or start eating that trash can! Psychogeographically walking with John Nada, Beryl Curt and David Bollinger' by Alex J Bridger

For more details about the first World Congress check out the following links: http://particulations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-world-congress-of-perambulatory.htmlhttps://notanotherpsychogeographyblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/world-congress-of-perambulatory-sutures-huddersfield-and-leeds-1314-may-2015/

Contact

Organisers

Phil Wood phil@philwood.eu
Alex Bridger A.J.Bridger@hud.ac.uk
Tim Waters @tim_waters
David Smith Heritage Quay

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