Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography

4th World Congress of Psychogeography 8th-10th September 2017.
Venues: Fri, Sat: Heritage Quay University of Huddersfield. Sun: S2R Create Space, Huddersfield

News

New Programme for 2017!

See the Events section for the 3 days of events

Programme for 8,9,10 September (PDF)

Live Video Stream

Indoor talks in the main auditorium are being streamed live on Friday and Saturday.
Friday Video Stream
Saturday Video Stream

Registration

Please register for each day of the World Congress on Eventbrite. It's quick and easy to do so and gives us a good idea of what numbers to expect. These general registration tickets are for most indoor and non specificly ticketed events.

All events will be free but some are limited in size and some do specify tickets. Please look at the event details below and the congress's eventbrite profile

Recent Changes

The film and talk by Sara Rees : Fragments of A City in Ruins will replace previously scheduled Riccardo Arena's VAVILON at 2.15 in S2R on Sunday

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2017 Events

Programme for 8,9,10 September (PDF)

Friday 8th September

Venue: Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Friday Live Video Stream

  • Talk: Welcome Address
    10.30 Auditorium
    By: The Congress Organisers
    A Welcome to the Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography

  • Talk: The Fundamentals of the Psychogeographical Method
    10.45 Auditorium
    By: Fenella Brandenberg and David Bollinger
    Bollinger and Brandenberg are world leading psychogeographers and in this key-note talk they will take you on a grand tour of what psychogeography is all about and will explain how to go about creating your own psychogeographical adventures.
    They will also be promoting their new book, The Fundamentals of the Psychogeographical Method, which will be published by Dodo Press in 2018. Their soon to be published book has received outstanding positive reviews from well-known psychogeographers such as Luther Blissett, ‘this book will change your life!’, Victor Salamanca describing the book as ‘a journey into the heart of darkness and a fascinating snapshot of who we are, lit by Bollinger and Brandenburg’s vivid prose. I’m sure that it will be read in a thousand years from now’ and also Rudolf Rudenski commenting that ‘Psychogeography is in crisis. Anyone that calls themselves a psychogeographer is actually a pseudo-psychogeographer. Bollinger and Brandenburg show us how to carve a path through the crap of psychogeography and they boldly point the way to a new way of doing psychogeography foregrounding an agenda for social change and action’.

  • Talk: Psychologists Working Towards Social Justice: How Can We Walk The Talk?
    11.15 Auditorium
    By: Brendan Bootland, Suzanne Elliot and Nick Hartley
    In 2015, a group of psychologists led by Dr Ste Weatherhead walked the 100 miles from the British Psychological Society offices in Leicester to the branch office in London. Stopping at food banks, hostels and charities along the way, the aim was to raise awareness of the impact of social policies on mental health with a specific focus on food poverty, homelessness and the benefits system. Suzanne Elliott and Nick Hartley joined with the group for part of the walk. They describe the reasons for psychologists getting involved with such projects, and discuss the tradition of community psychology from which projects like these have developed. Suzanne, who works for a homeless mental health service in Leicester, also draws on her work experiences to further raise awareness of issues around homelessness in the UK. Reflections on the impact of the walk and the changes in attitudes towards homelessness will also be given by Brendan who has his own lived experience of sleeping rough in Leeds.

  • Walk: Short Personal Heritage Walks
    12.00 - 12.45 Outside
    By: Graeme Murrell
    This idea is a response both to Phil Smith's appeal at last year's 4th World Congress for inclusive derives which are accessible to those who may find it difficult to take part in the long meanderings characteristic of most flaneur activity,and to the request for activities which subvert the concept of heritage.
    This will be a short 15 minute derive involving no more than 15 participants. It will follow a zigzag route away from the source followed by a direct return to the source. Each day's derive will begin at a different source. At each point where the derive changes course, a participant will be asked to share something short (a historical or architectural reference, random thought, sweets, personal reminiscence or something else in response to the space we find ourselves in).
    The heritage exposed will therefore be shared and directionless, an overlapping narrative determined by the personal experiences and desires of the participants. Unlike a guided walk the narrative is most likely to be fractured and unexpected, and is unlikely to address any particular theme unless the participants sculpt one during their brief period together.

    Note: Repeated on Saturday and Sunday. Limited to 15 people for each walk. Tickets: please register for a place on Eventbrite

  • Talk & Walk: Smells of the city: Scent, modernity and psychogeographical perspectives
    12.45 Auditorium & then outside
    By: Witold Van Ratingen
    Urban smells have a bad rep: typically the first to come to mind are the stench of urine, garbage, and smog. Given the medical dangers of unsanitary urban odours, it comes as no surprise that cities since modernity have viewed their own deodorization as a public responsibility. Our liberal use of chemical air fresheners, strict zoning laws, and rigorous hygiene regulations come, however, at a steep price; after all, the scents we grow up with are inextricably interwoven with our deepest memories and collective cultural identity. Smell walks have emerged as a means for urban dwellers to reacquaint and re-sensitise themselves with the most under-appreciated sensuous delight that the city can offer. Perhaps such walks could serve as a form of psychogeographic activism, in an attempt to restore lost olfactory identity to our cities. This talk will offer a brief history of urban smells and their disappearance, as well as providing a simple theoretical framework to think about environmental smells. Subsequently, we will embark on a collective 'smell walk,' following our noses to re-inscribe lost meanings and memories upon Huddersfield.

  • Talk: Walking the walk: Can psychogeography save the world?
    13.45 Auditorium
    By: Morag Rose
    What is the point of getting lost in the contemporary city? This provocative talk will question the relevance of psychogeography today and ask what difference creative walking can really make within the all-encompassing spectacle. In the past Morag has claimed that “the dérive has the potential to transform the everyday, to illuminate and challenge narratives of privatisation, commodification and securitization of space, and navigate increasingly blurred boundaries between public/private” but what difference does it really make? Can psychogeography actually bring any useful tools, tactics and lessons to radical struggles or has its political potential been entirely neutered by commodification and recuperation? These questions will be explored through field notes and reflections from many years on the psychogeographical frontline.

  • Talk: SOLAR: Walking at the Speed of Light
    14.45 Auditorium
    By: Annie Watson
    SOLAR is a collaborative arts and technology project that maps the solar system across the city of Sheffield, England, to the nearby Peak District through a series of specially commissioned artworks and a related walking app: available on Itunes.
    Our intention is to collaborate with an international academic community, using this app as a tool to map unique walks in other countries and cities. The SOLAR app allows individual or curated artworks to be embedded for each location, so each SOLAR walk would be bespoke. We envisage that sound, music or text could be commissioned for each planet. The eight planets of our solar system were assigned to a geographical location at a distance from the centre of Sheffield (the sun) representing the relative orbit of the planet and measured at a scale where the average walking speed represents the speed of light.
    Participants enjoyed the gamification of finding the planets, and downloading the artwork, exploring parts of the city they had previously not walked around, and the experience of walking the distances between the planets. Neptune is so far away!

  • Talk: Walking Over Edges: A Personal Embodied Practice Experience
    15.45 Auditorium
    By: Ursula Troche
    Over the years I have come to realize that I am, increasingly, practising psychogeographic walking. It echoes and mirrors in the landscape, what I do in my work as an artist (and migrant): in poetry and photography, performance. My art-work is not ordinary work, ‘not a proper job’, not accounting, factory work, intangible. And here psychogeographic terrain comes in: doing something, going somewhere beyond proper definition, causing consternation to the (anti) social (divisive) set-up. Walking/work here means going over edges of ready-made definitions, imaginations, concepts, assumptions. In (quasi-postcolonial) refusal of mimicry (Bhaba), it is about dropping repetitions and finding new spaces, new texts, new signs and symbols. Like entropy in communication theory (Shannon, 1948) and moving ‘from work to text’ (Barthes). Like embodying the Id in psychoanalytic theory: the walking id: I am walking, id is walking! Taking up the space of the unconscious in reverse: I, the walker, am the unconscious to society, but conscious to myself.
    In my presentation (with poetry and photos), I like to talk about/discuss the challenges and (social) opportunities of engaging in this practice which eludes popular definition relating to, e.g.: positive provocation/irritation, nature-writing, psychotherapy, (non-dualistic) revolution.

  • Talk: New Spectacle, New Drift, New Psyche
    16.45 Auditorium
    By: Phil Smith
    Through the political spasms of the last year, clumsy expressions of deep rhythms of change, a new kind of Spectacle is emerging from its old ‘integrated’ form into a new meshwork of ‘post-truths’. This trend to vaporisation is thinning the relationships between different landscapes (including rural and urban) - and the jellies are coming!! In this presentation I will attempt to describe how psychogeographers can draw on the tensions within such changes and exploit them for their own ‘drifts’, arming their bodies in transit. I will describe a ‘war on subjectivity’, the opportunities for walking in the ripples of atomic suburbs and a new kind of dérive for developing a resistant psyche, adapted to the conditions of the ‘war’. I will conclude with a few findings from my recent ‘Anywhere’ project about how we can use the abandoned ruins of New Babylon curled up inside hidden dimensions of the hypermodern city.

  • Talk: Psychogeography Of The Fourth World
    17.45 Auditorium
    By: Roy Bayfield
    The Fourth World is a fictional entity that has featured in a range of comic books and associated media since its creation in the 1970s by Jack Kirby, ‘the William Blake of comics’ (Grant Morrison). In series such as ‘The New Gods’ and ‘The Forever People’ this mythical ‘world’ intersected with our own, in powerful and, arguably, prophetic illustrated narratives. As a teenage boy Roy Bayfield would undertake lengthy walks to seek out these comic books and the irruptions of the numinous they could cause. Having recreated these walks using techniques from his book ‘Desire paths: real walks to nonreal places’, Roy will provide an experiential account of the Fourth World as it manifests today in the mundane reality of South Coast streets.

Saturday 9th September

Venue: Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Saturday Live Video Stream

  • Workshop: Dérive through the archives
    11.00 Break-Out Room
    By: Dave Smith
    Join Dave Smith on an adventure through the Heritage Quay archives. What stories, ideas and connections exist between seemingly disparate objects and how can we trace them? In this workshop, help create new narratives and relationships across time and space, exposing the gaps between conventional historiography and the wider world. This is archival research meets fever dream and will let you learn as much about yourselves as historical fact. No prior knowledge actively encouraged.

    Note: This event is repeated in the afternoon. Tickets for morning and afternoon are available on Eventbrite.

  • Talk / Walk: Introduction to Derive Day
    11.00 Auditorium
    By: West Yorkshire Traipsers
    Today, 9 Sept. is Dérive Day, organised by Dérive App. Join flaneurs across the world in a hosted dérive. Starting a number of times during the day, participants are presented the exact same task cards simultaneously wherever you are in the world. Share your experiences on social media as a testimony to your own unique dérive, photos, thoughts and locations around the world. Dérive App is a mobile app for Iphone and Android. View the Derive Day flyer (PDF)
    New! You can get started right now and join the 4WCOP Group within Derive App to which all members can contribute. Participants can add cards, vote on cards, add artwork and vote on artwork.

    Note: There will be a short introduction indoors than we will go outside at 11:15 to participate in the first hosted derive. Hosted derives are at 11.15, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday.

  • talk: Digital mythologies, virtual ambulations and the cyberflâneur: Psychogeography in the Internet age
    12.00 Auditorium
    By: Ally Standing & Gavin Rogers
    '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.' (Debord, 1956) Despite being over 50 years old, this quote from Guy Debord’s Theory of the Dérive has a certain contemporary familiarity - substitute ‘In a dérive’ for ‘When browsing’, and this would serve as an appropriate description of the kind of (often idle)Internet surfing which most of us engage in on a daily basis.
    In a performative lecture touching upon various facets of life in the digital age - such as social media, augmented reality, and web mapping services - we will explore psychogeography in the age of the app, considering the rise (and fall) of the cyberflâneur, and whether or not certain recent technological advancements have changed what it means to explore.

  • walk: The Centre
    12.00 Outside & Break-out Room
    By: Tim Waters
    Find the centre! Is there any relationship between being centred and being in the town centre? Do you see yourself working on the margins, at edgy, liminal spaces, or maybe you feel strung out doing psychogeography? Jung believed that finding a way to the centre of the personality was the upmost need of today. A link to the centre is a tie to the earth, our home. We will try to find a way to the (town) centre in this event. Participants on this walk will form into small groups of 3 based on their personality types - extraverts, intuitives and logicians. Extraverts are encouraged to interact with the public and ask people where the town centre is for them and then they will walk there. Intuitives are asked to feel where the centre is, possibly finding genii loci or energetic places. Logicians will use paper maps, measurements and computers to find the centre and optionally head out to find what its like.

    Note: Feel free to bring instruments, dowsing rods, pendulums, maps etc. This event starts and ends at the Break-out room.

  • Walk: Short Personal Heritage Walks
    13.00 Outside
    By: Graeme Murrell
    This idea is a response both to Phil Smith's appeal at last year's 4th World Congress for inclusive derives which are accessible to those who may find it difficult to take part in the long meanderings characteristic of most flaneur activity,and to the request for activities which subvert the concept of heritage.
    This will be a short 15 minute derive involving no more than 15 participants. It will follow a zigzag route away from the source followed by a direct return to the source. Each day's derive will begin at a different source. At each point where the derive changes course, a participant will be asked to share something short (a historical or architectural reference, random thought, sweets, personal reminiscence or something else in response to the space we find ourselves in).
    The heritage exposed will therefore be shared and directionless, an overlapping narrative determined by the personal experiences and desires of the participants. Unlike a guided walk the narrative is most likely to be fractured and unexpected, and is unlikely to address any particular theme unless the participants sculpt one during their brief period together.

    Note: Tickets details coming soon. Repeated on Friday and Sunday. Limited to 15 people for each walk. Tickets: please register for a place on Eventbrite

  • Walk / Eat: Workers' Lunchtime
    13.00 Outside
    By: Rob Kilner
    Explore the spatial and temporal limits of a lunchtime through a crowd‐sourced tour of Huddersfield Market. Following our noses we will create a spontaneous smorgasbord of vernacular Huddersfield gastronomy and then sit to share and destroy it with our teeth and taste buds.

    Note: Limited to 6 people. Tickets: Book your place on eventbrite

  • Workshop: Dérive through the archives
    13.30 Break-Out Room
    By: Dave Smith
    Join Dave Smith on an adventure through the Heritage Quay archives. What stories, ideas and connections exist between seemingly disparate objects and how can we trace them? In this workshop, help create new narratives and relationships across time and space, exposing the gaps between conventional historiography and the wider world. This is archival research meets fever dream and will let you learn as much about yourselves as historical fact. No prior knowledge actively encouraged.

    Note: This event is repeated in the afternoon. Tickets for morning and afternoon are available on Eventbrite.

  • Walk: Mishtory Tour
    14.00 Outside
    By: Sonia Overall
    A dérive that pauses to take in the secret stories of sites whose pasts remain unwritten. Why is this aspect of urban heritage so uncelebrated? Because we have yet to make it up... Part counter‐tourism, part psychogeography game, participants on this mishtory tour will reimagine buildings and plots and the events that may have played out there. What fateful incident occurred on the site of that betting shop? Who is the mysterious figure that haunts the bins behind the pizza place? And what terrible truth connects the destinations encountered on this walk? Open to all creative thinkers: ignorance of local history knowledge will be an advantage.

    Note: Walk repeated Saturday and Sunday. Limited to 15 people on each walk. Tickets: Please register for a place on Eventbrite

  • Talk: Kick It Wicked: Graffiti as cultural history and terror in Philadelphia
    14.00 Auditorium
    By: Tyson Mitman
    In the global graffiti era, where images are shared instantaneously, places that can keep their specific styles are a rarity. These places hold tightly to their stylistic traditions and imbue them with a great deal of the subculture’s local history, collective memory, and culture. New York City claims the Broadway elegant handstyle as its own. Sao Paulo, has a unique graffiti style called pixação. And Philadelphia has the wicked. Philadelphia writers say that there is no more original, important, esoteric or Philadelphia-specific graffiti style than Philly wickeds. Wickeds are very complex tags that often said to look like “scribble scrabble” to the uninitiated. But for those who can decipher them they are a form of cultural terroir. They are combinations of the elements of style that previous generations of writers have worked to create and they represent a dedication to style and craft that is found nowhere else in the graffiti world. This talk will help to demystify these tags, and explain their history and their cultural value and development. It will also explain why graffiti writers, who are enamoured with the idea of “fame” and recognition, dedicate so much time and effort into learning a style that is often illegible and indiscernible to the majority of the population. The talk will conclude with a short walk along the Huddersfield Canal to observe local graffiti.

    Note: There is an accompanying walk that follows this talk.

  • Walk: Kick It Wicked Walk
    14.30 Outside
    By: Tyson Mitman
    Walk accompanying the preceeding talk. A short walk along the Huddersfield Canal to observe local graffiti.

  • Talk: Total Absence of Recall: Arnie, the Hapsburgs & Social Amnesia in Graz, Austria
    14.30 Auditorium
    By: Andrea Capstick
    This talk contrasts an ‘official’ guided tour of Graz, Austria in April 2017 with an informal derive along the banks of its river, the Mur, the same day. The former, an orthodox history of the city - the birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger and traditional stamping ground of the Habsburg monarchs – had been subjected to a typical form of narrative smoothing which elides less comfortable truths. The latter took in the remains of the former POW-turned-death camp Graz-Liebenau; a children’s playground in an area populated by economic migrants and asylum seekers which now occupies the same site; the Puchsteg bridge, built by forced labour in 1942, and a current protest camp against a proposed hydro-electric dam. The presentation will consist of photographs, associated musings and ramblings, and the occasional random fact.

  • Workshop: Chasing The Whale
    15.00 Break-out Room
    By: Gopal Dutta
    “Whale” is a graffiti artist active in Manchester. I do not know the artist. I have seen his/her/their work on my walk to work. The graffiti is a simple “tag”, in the shape of a whale, which varies greatly in size, colour and design. See examples of 'Whale'
    I will present a slideshow of different sightings of “Whale”, with a map indicating locations. I will show whales which are now “extinct” – painted over by other graffiti artists or Construction / development officials. The presentation will explore: “Tagging” and the prolific nature of “Whale” across a specific area in Manchester. The anthromorphic and elastic nature of Whale as differentiating aspects with regard to other graffiti. Graffiti as an active questioning, an alternative means of orientation. It affords a new imagination of the City. Graffiti as 'political' / 'protest' etc. I'll present other examples of graffiti and street art in Manchester, to show the range and where whale fits, as I see it. I'll draw on some literature for this part of the talk. “Whale” in relation to the novel Moby-Dick. Upper Chorlton Road as the Pacific Ocean. Whale’s possible extinction? Myself as a topsy-turvy Ahab?
    There will also be a couple of activities: Participants will be encouraged to draw their own whales using a range of different pens and mark-making instruments, on a range of different surfaces (paper / card / glass / metal) Participants will be invited to share their own stories about memorable graffiti from their own towns and cities.

  • Talk: Back on the map or a clean sweep? An EU migrant trailing enemy aliens in Yorkshire during the centenary years
    15.30 Auditorium
    By: Claudia Sternberg
    In this illustrated talk, I introduce and provide the rationale for a heritage trail to be launched on location in Lofthouse, West Yorkshire, during the 2017 Heritage Open Days. The trail has a World War One theme: it starts at the commemorative patch outside Outwood Memorial Hall, straddles along the site of a former internment camp for German and Austrian civilians and terminates at Rothwell Cemetery.
    The trail makes reference to people, places and events from the first two decades of the 20th century. Additionally, however, I chart my own mappings and counter-mappings which connect past and present, national war memory and post-Referendum sensibilities. Inspiration comes from historiography, walks and encounters as well as psychogeographical concepts and Shaun Levin’s writing maps. In my reflection on vanished sites and perceived presences, I also comment on ‘the camp’, this transient non-place that always complicates palimpsestic narratives.

  • walk: Superstore Carparks
    16.00 Outside
    By: Gareth Rees
    Chain store car parks dominate our urban areas. Many assume that they are ‘non-places’, but for two years I’ve been walking around car parks and never found one the same. History, culture and topography leach into the car park. There’s public art, as well as unofficial public art (graffiti, posters, stickers). Car parks are used for unofficial activities, skateboarding, car stunts, drug dealing, dogging. They are also hotspots for crime, violence, mugging and sexual deviancy. Despite being heavily monitored private areas they are a blind spot in which activities go unnoticed.
    My walk will take people through two car parks, looking for unusual features, illicit human activity, strange markings, hints of history and topography. I’ll begin with a presentation about my ideas regarding car parks, and a reading of one of my car park investigations, so that attendees can get an idea of what they need to be looking for and thinking about. At the end of the walk we can share notes and discuss what we’ve seen and felt. This is a transgressive activity because car parks are for store patrons only, and not for leisure walks, loitering or psychogeographic tours. We’re there without permission!

    Note: This walk is repeated on Sunday. Limited to 20 people on each walk. Tickets: Please reserve your place on eventbrite

  • Performance: A Guided Tour of the Pocket Museum of Displacements
    16.00 Outside
    By: Simon Bradley
    An intervention that takes place within another walk, or whilst walking between two events. The intervention will occur suddenly and without prior introduction, as an interruption of the activity in progress. Simon will introduce the museum and tell the tale of each piece as he moves it from the pocket container onto the selected site. At the end of the performance, the pieces are placed back in the pocket museum and the event/walk will continue without further ado.

    Note: Scheduled to occur during Gareth Rees's Walk at the same time.

  • Participative Performance: I'm the City of Other Who Are The City - a participatory urban pilgrimage
    16.00 Outside
    By: Elia Rita
    An urban pilgrimage will be performed in Huddersfield as an act of worship to the urban landscape and its inhabitants, turning it into a sacred site for a short period of time. The simple act of walking is chosen for its ability to be a non-violent method of reclamation and activation of the public space. Space that conforms our individual and shared identities, proved to be essential for democracy. Space, therefore, to preserve and question.
    The action consists of a series of repeated movements that will be done in silence, as it requires a heightened consciousness of the space and circumstances around oneself. These will be taught to the audience during the introduction.
    Eastern spiritual practices have informed this performance; a foreign cultural heritage has been studied with the acknowledgment that a form of appropriation is likely to be playing part in this work. Its original spiritual purposes are broadened to become aesthetic and political, but if it enters the art market, this intangible heritage will be inevitably commodified. As a result, its message will be shared with a wider audience, bringing awareness of the loss of public space and the accelerated pace of living that individualizes our community decisions, but can also mute that message.
    TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT you are encouraged to bring along:
    White trousers and t-shirt / sweater.
    3 pairs of white socks per person
    Small notebook and pen

    Note: Registration is encouraged to participate and spectators welcome. Registration: Register to participate on Eventbrite

  • Film / Talk: Fragments For A City In Ruins
    16.30 Auditorium
    By: Sara Rees
    Set in contemporary Athens, Fragments For A City In Ruins is an essay film composed of photographic images and narrated fragments of text written by W.G. Sebald, Walter Benjamin, and Italo Calvino. Exploring themes such as memory, history, civilization and destruction, the work of these writers is profoundly informed by their experiences of fascism, Nazism and the Second World War. The film re-imagines their writing within the current geopolitical context of Europe, tracing through the city of Athens the entwined histories of empire and ruins.
    Using a Sebaldian juxtaposition of photographs and text, the film seeks to generate new and unexpected connections and resonances; between the past and the present, between colliding narratives and histories. As in Sebald’s work, the film’s narrator is a peripatetic wanderer, a figure who, in the context of the refugee crisis, evokes one of the most pressing issue of our current times. Weaving together textual fragments, the film seeks to challenge the monolith of hegemonic historical narrative, proposing instead a poly-focal and multi-vocal perspective of memory and history.
    The presentation will include a screening of the film followed by a lecture exploring the work's political and conceptual concerns.

  • Music / Talk / Film: Most Difficult Thing Ever
    18.00 Auditorium
    By: Kevin Boniface, Steven Beever, & Marc Layton-Bennett
    Artists/musicians Steven Beever, Marc Layton-Bennett, and Kevin Boniface will help you to make a bit less sense of Huddersfield through its frost damaged backyard buddhas, its bag-for-lifes, its salmon and potato dog food, its polythene trees, its Susans and its Geoffs, its Pot Noodle Portakabins, its mid-winter flip-flops, its couch grass window-boxes, its gin and slim on noughties decking, its talk of chimineas and quad bikes, its heated discussions about lorne sausage, its swanee-whistling starlings and its ketchup stained promotional air-dancers.
    A Huddersfield experience realised in film, soundscape, music, and talking out loud.

Sunday 10th September

Venue: S2R Creative Space, 5-7 Brook St, Huddersfield HD1 1EB

  • Walk: Superstore Carparks
    11.00 Outside
    By: Gareth Rees
    Chain store car parks dominate our urban areas. Many assume that they are ‘non-places’, but for two years I’ve been walking around car parks and never found one the same. History, culture and topography leach into the car park. There’s public art, as well as unofficial public art (graffiti, posters, stickers). Car parks are used for unofficial activities, skateboarding, car stunts, drug dealing, dogging. They are also hotspots for crime, violence, mugging and sexual deviancy. Despite being heavily monitored private areas they are a blind spot in which activities go unnoticed.
    My walk will take people through two car parks, looking for unusual features, illicit human activity, strange markings, hints of history and topography. I’ll begin with a presentation about my ideas regarding car parks, and a reading of one of my car park investigations, so that attendees can get an idea of what they need to be looking for and thinking about. At the end of the walk we can share notes and discuss what we’ve seen and felt. This is a transgressive activity because car parks are for store patrons only, and not for leisure walks, loitering or psychogeographic tours. We’re there without permission!

    Note: This walk is repeated on Saturday. Limited to 20 people on each walk. Tickets: Please reserve your place on eventbrite

  • Walk: Mishtory Tour
    12.00 Outside
    By: Sonia Overall
    A dérive that pauses to take in the secret stories of sites whose pasts remain unwritten. Why is this aspect of urban heritage so uncelebrated? Because we have yet to make it up... Part counter‐tourism, part psychogeography game, participants on this mishtory tour will reimagine buildings and plots and the events that may have played out there. What fateful incident occurred on the site of that betting shop? Who is the mysterious figure that haunts the bins behind the pizza place? And what terrible truth connects the destinations encountered on this walk? Open to all creative thinkers: ignorance of local history knowledge will be an advantage.

    Note: Walk repeated Saturday and Sunday. Limited to 15 people on each walk. Tickets: Please register for a place on Eventbrite

  • Walk: Short Personal Heritage Walks
    13.15 Outside
    By: Graeme Murrell
    This idea is a response both to Phil Smith's appeal at last year's 4th World Congress for inclusive derives which are accessible to those who may find it difficult to take part in the long meanderings characteristic of most flaneur activity,and to the request for activities which subvert the concept of heritage.
    This will be a short 15 minute derive involving no more than 15 participants. It will follow a zigzag route away from the source followed by a direct return to the source. Each day's derive will begin at a different source. At each point where the derive changes course, a participant will be asked to share something short (a historical or architectural reference, random thought, sweets, personal reminiscence or something else in response to the space we find ourselves in).
    The heritage exposed will therefore be shared and directionless, an overlapping narrative determined by the personal experiences and desires of the participants. Unlike a guided walk the narrative is most likely to be fractured and unexpected, and is unlikely to address any particular theme unless the participants sculpt one during their brief period together.

    Note: Tickets details coming soon. Repeated on Friday and Saturday. Limited to 15 people for each walk. Tickets: please register for a place on Eventbrite

  • Gaming Workshop: Co-operativinya Street Stalingrad
    14.00 IQ Gaming, 23 Byram St.
    By: Russell King
    This event uses a simple, easily learnable manual wargame to communicate the surroundings and mores/customs of another City and another time. In the two hours, participants will be guided through a play of the game in which they will explore the Cityscape in detail and interact with other participants. This session is for up to eight people, with even numbers preferred but not absolutely necessary.
    The Battle of Stalingrad1 in 1942 was an iconic struggle. In this walking tour of the City set in 1942, participants will experience first-hand the life of infantry soldiers on the ground, the chief actors of the war. In 1973, Simulations Publications Incorporated2 of New York, New York published a commercial wargame called Sniper!3, notable in being a first serious dynamic portrayal of man-to-man combat. It presaged many now commonplace things: professional military simulations, role-playing and sports games, first person shoot-‘em-up computer games such as Grand Theft Auto, and medical and architectural simulations. Sniper! was a best-selling wargame designed by James F Dunnigan4 - a unique talent in military simulation. The mapboard oddly depicted buildings as trapezoids.
    In the two hours, participants will sit around a map and be guided by the facilitator, who is an experienced teacher, wargamer and medical disaster simulator, through a play of the game in which they themselves will explore the Cityscape in detail and interact with the simulated environment and other participants. No previous wargaming experience is required. The task facing the participants is indeed to walk around the Co-operatvinya Street area, deal with what they find, and get home safely again, in the manner they wish.

    Note: This event is held at IQ Gaming which is just across the road. (map). Limited to 8 players, but spectators are encouraged. Tickets: Please book your spot via eventbrite

  • Film / Talk: Fragments for A City in Ruins
    14.15 Main Room, S2R
    By: Sara Rees
    Set in contemporary Athens, Fragments For A City In Ruins is an essay film composed of photographic images and narrated fragments of text written by W.G. Sebald, Walter Benjamin, and Italo Calvino. Exploring themes such as memory, history, civilization and destruction, the work of these writers is profoundly informed by their experiences of fascism, Nazism and the Second World War. The film re-imagines their writing within the current geopolitical context of Europe, tracing through the city of Athens the entwined histories of empire and ruins.
    Using a Sebaldian juxtaposition of photographs and text, the film seeks to generate new and unexpected connections and resonances; between the past and the present, between colliding narratives and histories. As in Sebald’s work, the film’s narrator is a peripatetic wanderer, a figure who, in the context of the refugee crisis, evokes one of the most pressing issue of our current times. Weaving together textual fragments, the film seeks to challenge the monolith of hegemonic historical narrative, proposing instead a poly-focal and multi-vocal perspective of memory and history.
    The presentation will include a screening of the film followed by a lecture exploring the work's political and conceptual concerns.

  • Walk / Talk: The red city inside out: A psychogeography of gendered space through the lens of the female body, specifically focusing on menstruation
    14.30 Outside
    By: Aimee Blease-Bourne
    A derive investigating the forgotten and neglected aspects of urban space. Specifically, we will use the themes of menstruation, as a lens to explore the city: the city as a metaphor for the body. How does the urban landscape reflect the themes? Menstruation is hidden and shameful within western capitalism. It has strong negative connotations. By exploring menstruation in the city we can RESIST capitalist tactics. We can create radical social change with de-tournament: we can sabotage and re-appropriate signs through menstrual activism, or menarchy! On the walk, we will take photographs, log our positions on a map and record words in response to the spaces we experience. During the indoor session, we will use these representations to re-create the city, and our walk, into a piece of art.

    Note: This event is followed by a talk in the main room at 15:30. This walk is limited to 15 participants. Tickets: Please book your spot via eventbrite

  • Walk: Algorithm Walks
    15.00 Outside
    By: Tim Waters
    We will explore the notion that following a set of rules is more liberating that just walking wherever. Towns and cities are planned to be attractive to walkers, and moving based on emotions and behaviour is another prescribed use. Some streets and areas might feel off and you might give it a miss. Place-making aimed at making towns 'walk friendly' where walk friendly is shopper and heritage friendly means that for many, psychogeography is just another thing to be consumed in that space. If we follow your own intuition and wander down interesting or attractive ways, and avoiding the unattractive, might this limit us? Could we use structured algorithms and random chance in how we walk to break out of prescribed habits? Based on the success of Tim’s walk in last year’s programme, this year’s will work with much smaller groups (4 people max in each group) to answer these questions. At the beginning the participants will be in one big group and will get an introduction to the psychogeographic theory behind algorithmic walking and be encouraged to write down on paper at some 'algorithms'. These pieces of paper will be handed back in and then shuffled up and when the groups split up they will each take a sheet, and head outside.
    When outside, the participants will actively follow the algorithms. Control groups of intuitive wanderers will also be chosen. Walkers will make sure they have returned to the venue 15 mins before the end for sharing insights and ideas.

  • Talk: The red city inside out: A psychogeography of gendered space through the lens of the female body, specifically focusing on menstruation
    15.30 Main Room, S2R
    By: Aimee Blease-Bourne
    A derive investigating the forgotten and neglected aspects of urban space. Specifically, we will use the themes of menstruation, as a lens to explore the city: the city as a metaphor for the body. How does the urban landscape reflect the themes? Menstruation is hidden and shameful within western capitalism. It has strong negative connotations. By exploring menstruation in the city we can RESIST capitalist tactics. We can create radical social change with de-tournament: we can sabotage and re-appropriate signs through menstrual activism, or menarchy! On the walk, we will take photographs, log our positions on a map and record words in response to the spaces we experience. During the indoor session, we will use these representations to re-create the city, and our walk, into a piece of art.

    Note: This event is preceeded by a walk at 14:30

  • Walk / Discussion: A Dérive around Huddersfield
    15:30 Outside & Break-out Room
    By: Alec Shepley & Paul Jones
    UK artists Shepley and Jones will take as their starting point Michael Philipson’s provocation to uncover those spaces that culture has not reached and to take Philipson further, to excavate those spaces or gaps that culture has somehow forgotten or that progress has left behind. Through the everyday practice walking, Shepley will sweep-trace the ‘ley-lines’ left by architects and urban planners, and Jones will conduct data-collection experiments.
    Through tracing and sweeping they will contour urban features, cracks and gaps, delineations and boundaries, exploring differences in the infrastructure precipitated by utopian and dystopian templates, and in-so-doing expose something between art and life - even if only momentarily. Data sweep drawings are often by-products of this process and the artists would hope to produce some for the Congress as a record of their dérives.
    They propose starting from S2R Create Space, with a group of up to 20 to join, and then proceed – drifting through a district of the city. The walk will last one hour (within a two-hour slot) allowing time for introductions, the walk, and then discussion.

    Note: Limited to 20 people. Paul and Alec invite participants to bring along a sweeping brush, broom, litter grabber, duster or anything to sweep along the walk. Tickets: Register for a place on Eventbrite

  • Talk: Nightwalking
    16.15 Main Room, S2R
    By: Lloyd Spenser
    This is a record of night walking in the suburbs, and in the centre, of Leeds. These night walks were solitary. Most of them were undertaken around midnight. When my partner, Sara died on the last night of November 2015 it brought to end a decade during which I had been closely involved with two women, Ann and Sara, living with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Each lived actively and independently for six and a half years. (Ann died in November 2012). But for each of them the last year was the most difficult, and for me, the most demanding.
    During 2015 I found myself getting very little opportunity for exercise. I was with Sara almost every day till well after 10pm. The same pattern was followed during the weeks of Sara's last stay in St. Gemma's Hospice. I would leave only after Sara had fallen asleep.

    Note: This is to accompany Lloyds photography exhibition which is in the venue today.

  • talk: Drift In-between
    16.45 Main Room, S2R
    By: Bridget Sheridan
    Guy Debord’s concept of the drift offers a different way of engaging with space. He believes that a map can be a way of entering into a drift. There are, in fact, several ways one can enter into a drift. Many walking artists, such as Tim Knowles and his wind walks, have explored the playful use of the protocole. Could this be a way of leaving behind all of one’s habitual ways of walking in order to create an aesthetic experience (following the definition of John Dewey’s experience in art)?
    As a walking artist, I have recently questioned the drift in walking art and its relationship to discovering a new territory. For a commissioned project, Drift With Me, I was asked to explore the territory of a small village in the South West of France and to interact with its habitants. Thus, I decided to wander round the streets and paths, hoping to find people who were willing to anticipate in the project. The constraint was for me to film the path and then, afterwards, to project the video of the moving landscape onto their hands creating. They would then get lost in their everyday territory. The potter’s bowls would be deformed, the weaver would accidentally go the wrong way. The drift had begun with me, and continued with the inhabitants of Bordes.
    I believe that the projected image has a power of creating a territory of the in-between, that it can lead the walker into a drift. As screens of all sorts mislead us in the streets, billboards, signs and smartphones open up space, hence drawing us into the depths of the digital world before throwing us instantly back into our everyday life, I question how the projected image can affect our perception of walking.

    Note: Bridget is running a night walk later today at 20:30

  • Participative Performance: Odersfelt Unorchestra
    17.30 Main Room, S2R & then outside
    By: Jason Kelly & Graeme Murrell
    A short performance of non-idiomatic improvised music, played on a selection of instruments and found items by either a 4 or 5 piece band. The instruments will include many items either bought or found in Huddersfield, from tea tray gong and road sign wobble board to animal voice boxes and ripped artist pads.
    We will perform in the round, with the audience in the centre of the space, though don't be surprised if we also wander about a bit. The performance can be viewed as a whole although we also encourage listeners to just dip in for a brief period, we don't intend for a formal concert environment.
    The piece will culminate in audience participation with various noise making devices being distributed amongst the audience who will then be lead out of the performance space to make a racket in the street. If weather and circumstances are right we will then lead a short circular procession which will return to the venue.

  • Night Walk with Projection: Drift In-between
    20.30 Outside
    By: Bridget Sheriden
    Guy Debord’s concept of the drift offers a different way of engaging with space. He believes that a map can be a way of entering into a drift. There are, in fact, several ways one can enter into a drift. Many walking artists, such as Tim Knowles and his wind walks, have explored the playful use of the protocole. Could this be a way of leaving behind all of one’s habitual ways of walking in order to create an aesthetic experience (following the definition of John Dewey’s experience in art)?
    As a walking artist, I have recently questioned the drift in walking art and its relationship to discovering a new territory. For a commissioned project, Drift With Me, I was asked to explore the territory of a small village in the South West of France and to interact with its habitants. Thus, I decided to wander round the streets and paths, hoping to find people who were willing to anticipate in the project. The constraint was for me to film the path and then, afterwards, to project the video of the moving landscape onto their hands creating. They would then get lost in their everyday territory. The potter’s bowls would be deformed, the weaver would accidentally go the wrong way. The drift had begun with me, and continued with the inhabitants of Bordes.
    I believe that the projected image has a power of creating a territory of the in-between, that it can lead the walker into a drift. As screens of all sorts mislead us in the streets, billboards, signs and smartphones open up space, hence drawing us into the depths of the digital world before throwing us instantly back into our everyday life, I question how the projected image can affect our perception of walking.

    Note: Walk is limited to 16 people during which 8 walkers will take turns to share supplied portable projection units. Tickets: Register for a place on Eventbrite

  • Exhibition: Nightwalking
    All Day Indoors, S2R
    By: Lloyd Spenser
    This is a record of night walking in the suburbs, and in the centre, of Leeds. These night walks were solitary. Most of them were undertaken around midnight. When my partner, Sara died on the last night of November 2015 it brought to end a decade during which I had been closely involved with two women, Ann and Sara, living with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Each lived actively and independently for six and a half years. (Ann died in November 2012). But for each of them the last year was the most difficult, and for me, the most demanding.
    During 2015 I found myself getting very little opportunity for exercise. I was with Sara almost every day till well after 10pm. The same pattern was followed during the weeks of Sara's last stay in St. Gemma's Hospice. I would leave only after Sara had fallen asleep.

    Note: Lloyd is doing a talk at 16:15 about his work.

  • exhbition: 25 pockets of [...]
    All Day Indoors, S2R
    By: Victor Beuhring
    People -focused ‘modes of experimental behaviour’ and drifts emphasizing unplanned, interpersonal encounters, interactions and transactions can create new possibilities for détournement and new situations where the affective impact of people and places combine and flow together in a shared aesthetic sense.
    25 pockets of [...] is an interactive drift and social assemblage project I use to randomly journey through cityscapes via unplanned encounters, interactions and transactions. Participants give away to the project an object possession and write on a picture frame, directions for the next location and person, or 'pocket' to be visited in a particular city. The trail of referrals from person to person continues in any particular city until at least 25 objects from 25 referrals have been collected. The objects are later incorporated into a final, framed collage.
    Participants in [25] Pockets of […] have included: museum curators, car salesmen, teachers, bankers, artists, musicians, baristas, retail workers, dog walkers, professors, street cleaners, a Dean of a cathedral, a BBC presenter, a homeless poet, a renowned violin virtuoso, ‘someone with a cold’, a 'six foot tall blonde woman', to name but a few. Instead of mapping out and arriving at a fixed definition of the pictorial or discursive identity and substance of a place, it is hoped that [25] Pockets of […] conveys the affective flavour of a city as a dynamic variation of interpersonal relations and transactions.

Who is Taking Part?

Graeme Murrell
Graeme Murrell is an artist based in Huddersfield. His interest is mostly connected to experimental multimedia works involving text, sound and performance. Since the 1990s, he has been involved with several publication projects such as Frontal Lobe, a small press magazine of poetry, scurrilous writing and other rants and Electric Dogs, an unpublished novel. He has also been the member of avant-jazz band Trump and later the freeform music group the 'F*ks and the duo The Importance Of...' He is the editor of the website Monocular Times which curates Situationist writing and other writing and hosts the site of pressure group Huddersfield Gem who are dedicated to the preservation of Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market. He is the member of the Sedentary Committee for the Consideration of Gradual Change and continues to curate the Institute for the Preservation of Bad Art, which is dedicated to saving poorly executed artworks from landfill. He devised and led ‘Over Here Over There’ which was a psychogeographical exploration of the territory between twin towns in West Yorkshire and the Ruhr Valley.
Fenella Brandenberg & David Bollinger
Bollinger and Brandenberg are world leading psychogeographers. They didn't send in a detailed biography but the curious are encouraged to watch for further information which will be revealed on these guest blogs: http://particulations.blogspot.co.uk and https://notanotherpsychogeographyblog.wordpress.com
Annie Watson
My PhD is about female film directors, and why they are in the minority. Research so far tends to highlight the gap between education and industry as the moment in which the gender divide increases. I am very interested in exploring this transition, as well as the little researched point of 're-entry' as an older woman into the industry. I am the UK national researcher for a pan-European report mapping where the female film directors are across Europe, due for completion in early 2016. As co-founder of Sheffield Hallam Media Arts Walking Research Group, my project is KNITWALKS. I knit as I walk, and the knitting becomes a map. I worked as a film editor for ten years, before directing music videos with London's INDEPENDENT agency. My promo for IMONSTER'S Daydream in Blue was nominated for Q Award's Video of the Year. I have directed many short films, KNITTING A LOVE SONG being nominated for a BAFTA. I was selected as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow and have written three feature films.
Morag Rose
Morag Rose has developed a unique artistic-activist-academic praxis. She co-founded The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) a psychogeographical collective based in Manchester, UK. Their manifesto says they believe 'our city is wonderful and made for more than shopping. The streets belong to everyone and we want to reclaim them for play and revolutionary fun.' In 2016 The LRM celebrated their tenth birthday with a 3 month extravaganza at Peoples History Museum which included work from over 50 international artists. Morag’s PhD research focuses on psychogeographies, gender and public space and her mission has always been to create a psychogeography that is accessible, diverse and critically engaging. Has it all been a waste of time and space or can the drift lead us towards spatial and social justice?
Ursula Troche
My studies include Intercultural Therapy at Goldsmith’s College, London. Since then I have been giving papers at conferences and most of my work, both theoretical and practical, is broadly based on intercultural and therapeutic themes. I write and perform poetry and give workshops, many of them therapeutic writing workshops, some of them in daycentres. Performances include the Human Rights Festival and the Colour of London Festival; Poetry collections include ‘Embraceable – Notes from Different Places called Home’. I am also on the Introductory Course of the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Phil Smith
Dr. Phil Smith has claws in several different worlds. One, large and wide, is in performance and music theatre [he has written more than 100 plays for companies including St Petersburg State Comedy Theatre, Opera North and Perpetual Motion, and he is dramaturg with TNT (Munich)]. From site-specific performances in South Devon beach huts, lidos, tea shops and other unconventional settings, to mis-guides in National Trust properties, to counter-tours and drifts in city streets,Crab Man has long practised what he preaches in this Handbook. He is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth and a visiting lecturer at the University of Exeter. He is also one of four core member of a group of artist-researchers called Wrights and Sites, who have generated a range of mis-guides, performances, possible cities and forests and other wonders.
Roy Bayfield
Roy Bayfield has appeared in a list of 'exemplary ambulatory explorers', is well known for his explorations of the notorious Argleton (a Google Maps un-town) and is one of the small group of contemporary walker-writers who are stepping out beyond the work of W.G. Sebald, Will Self and Iain Sinclair. He is the author of Desire Paths: Real Walks to Nonreal Places (Triarchy Press, 2016) and of a chapter in Walking Inside Out (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
Ally Standing
Ally Standing is a Birmingham based visual artist and writer, with a psychogeographic, interdisciplinary practice, exploring ideas surrounding the built environment. Post-war architecture, postmodern space, and public art are some of her main areas of research. Ally also lectures in Contextual Studies at Birmingham City University's School of Visual Communication.
Gavin Rogers
Gavin Rogers is an international artist, performer and socially engaged researcher living and working in the United Kingdom. His practice is situated across a range of media from performance to sculpture. Gavin has particular interest in the area of identity; juxtaposing, stereotyping and discovering personal, social and psychogeographical identities though visual, textual and verbal languages. Alongside his artistic practice Gavin runs workshops, seminars, lectures and teaching sessions within and outside of academia including: being the curator of the USA to UK Creative Exchange for Fulbright Scholars and coordinating the National Art Saturday Club.
Rob Kilner
Rob is a walker and photographer from Leeds.
Sonia Overall
Sonia teaches on the Creative and Professional Writing programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. She writes fiction and poetry and explores experimental creative forms. She is an avid psychogeographer and draws on walking practices, psychogeography and place-based methods in her writing and research.She is the founder of Peregrinations: Walking and Landscape Research Group in the School of Humanities, and of an international network of walking creatives and academics, Women Who Walk @womenwhowalknet
Gopal Dutta
Gopal Dutta is a filmmaker whose works have previously aired at the Leeds International Film Festival.
Gareth Rees
I am the founder of the website Unofficial Britain, and author of Marshland (Influx Press, 2013). My work has featured in anthologies including An Unreliable Guide to London (Influx Press), Mount London (Penned in the Margins), Acquired for Development By... [Influx Press], Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography (Rowman & Littlefield), The Ashgate Companion to Paranormal Cultures (Ashgate), and the spoken word album A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes (Clay Pipe Music).
Elia Rita
Elia Rita is a Spanish artist based in San Francisco. Her current practice looks into the act of walking as performative response to the understanding of the everyday beyond its known frontiers. The assumed transience of the public space and its normative use is confronted with the assumed permanence of the notion of home through public interventions and intimate performances. Delving into new realities is possible in any place at any time; one’s presence there is all that is need. Her actions seek for poetic purposes and take place in the terrain of the absurd - where art does its best - where ethics and aesthetics aren’t constrained to the burdens of logic.
Sara Rees
I’m an artist and curator based in Cardiff, Wales. Awarded First Class Honours in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts, I later gained Masters in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design with Distinction. I have been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes, including a Creative Wales Award and The Leverhulme Trust Award, and my work is exhibited internationally. Conceptually driven, I work across mediums, including video, photography, performance, installation, intervention, writing, and relational art. Over the course of my practice a constellation of spatial themes has emerged, concerned with the politics and poetics of space, memory and history in relation to place, and ruins as a site of both trauma and transformation. Arising from this territory, and inextricably interwoven through it, are questions about the nature of time, liminality and subjectivity. Whilst I often present work within a gallery context, a vital strand of my practice is site-specific, creating artworks for a diverse range of sites, from bucolic woodlands to a derelict ex-Soviet power station. Responding as much to aspects of a given site as to contemporary global conditions, and often blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction, my work seeks to be both playful and provocative.
Lloyd Spenser
I first became seriously involved in photography while working for the anti-Apartheid publishing house, Ravan Press in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then (1981-2) and later in Wigan and Manchester I helped start and run film and photography workshops and helped mount several photographic exhibitions in what I thought of as ‘documentary’ mode. Together with John Davies, I helped found the Counter Image photographic workshop in Manchester. As well as editing a book of essays by John Berger and working with him on his major statement on photography, Another Way of Telling, I have written two ‘comic books’ on philosophy, Hegel for Beginners and The Enlightenment for Beginners. I spent a quarter of a century teaching undergraduates and have run a number of on-line courses and workshops on various aspects of photography and on creativity generally. In addition to the exhibition on Briggate, I conducted a second long-term photographic project exploring night life on the streets of inner-city Leeds with Stephen Griffin. At present I am working on a series of projects involving portraiture, foliage and forests, and dance photography.
Victor Buehring
Victor uses collaborative artistic goals to create and explore the systems and social forces behind aesthetic experience and uses art to set a sequence of operations into motion to generate new events and new object forms.
Claudia Sternberg
Claudia is Senior Research Associate at the European Institute, University College London, UK. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and an MA from Yale, and taught and researched at Oxford for six years before joining University College
Russell King
Russell runs his own business consultancy based in Halifax, concerned with major events. He has over 30 years’ experience stretching back to some of the major disasters of the 1980s, which has latterly included involvement in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart Yorkshire.
Bridget Sheridan
Bridget is a researcher in visual arts. Her research investigates the relationship between art walking, the landscape and memory. Besides teaching art at Jean Jaures University in Toulouse, her own artwork has been exhibited by various galleries and art centres in Europe.
Simon Bradley
Simon is an Ambulant Sound Artist & Oral Historian based in Leeds.
Andrea Capstick
Andrea is Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies and Programme Leader in the MSc Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford, and also a Fellow of the National Institute for Health Research.
Tyson Mitman
Tyson Mitman has spent most of his adult life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, though he now resides in York, UK. His work is primarily about graffiti, space, power, resistance, and identity. Though he is also interested in areas of subjectivity, subculture studies, visual culture, theories of democracy, access to political voice and agency, morality. He believes graffiti is a legitimate form of art and expression, and that some things just look better covered in a bunch of tags.
Aimee Blease-Bourne
Doctor Aimee Blease-Bourne is a researcher investigating connections between people and places through creative, counter-cultural and exploratory experiences, which weaves into her quest for self-exploration. In her first published book, 'Guarding Sacred Sites', Aimee uses psychogeographical techniques to create alternative histories for a particularly contested and ancient landscape in the Peak District National Park, Stanton Moor. Her academic focus then shifted from the shadows of the past, venturing boldly into the unknown realms of personal empowerment, through community-based explorations. She actively experiences and values the diverse, yet close knit community in her quirky village. She is very proud to have worked with locals to set up a community group helping people fleeing from war torn countries. Aimee is currently writing her new book with a fellow village resident to explore experiences of menstruation. She has utilised the tool of psychogeography to investigate the body as a landscape: her work aims to break taboos, smash the silence and remove her censor. One of Aimee's most favourite things is music. She helps to organise music festivals and loves banging her drum in the political folk band Muddy Summers and the Dirty Field Whores!
Brendan Bootland, Suzanne Elliott, & Nick Hartley
Brendan Bootland and Nick Hartley, Suzanne Elliott are part of the Walk the Talk collective. #walkthetalk happened in 2015 when clinical psychologists and their supporters walked 100 miles from Leicester to London. There was a growing sense at this time that psychologists needed to stand up and speak out more, particularly at a political level in terms of how social issues and policies effect our wellbeing and how change was needed at a wider level. #walkthetalk2015 was an opportunity to step outside, unite and walk together in the name of social justice. WalkTheTalk2015.org
Witold Van Ratingen
Witold van Ratingen is a psychogeographer and flâneur-en-dehors-de-residence at the Institute of Incoherent Geography. He lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he spends a great deal of time daydreaming about pedestrian escape routes from his damp and landscapeless homeland as well as his mind-numbing professional life as a public transport consultant. Witold was recently awarded his MA degree from the New School for Social Research, studying under McKenzie Wark and writing an expansive critical survey of psychogeographic theory titled Loitering With Intent. 
Kevin Boniface
Kevin Boniface is an artist who lives and bases his practice in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. His work is an ongoing journal realised primarily through text, film and photography. His research and methodology evolve from the continuous field recording of his immediate surroundings to create a social survey of people and things in the landscape: a written record of dialogue and dialect, a catalogue of flora and fauna, the tracking of social mobility, the slow migration up Market Street of a discarded shoe...The online incarnation of Kevin’s journal, The Most Difficult Thing Ever was awarded Best Writing at the 2012 Blog North Awards.
For 4wcop, Kevin will present The Most Difficult Thing Ever in a live collaboration with musicians Beeves and Marc Layton-Bennett. Beeves and ML-B are both accomplished writers, performers and producers who regularly work in live, studio and educational settings. ML-B has been the drummer with the band Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart for the past 8 years. He was also involved in the 2011 Psychic Life album which Wobble described as being “inspired by disco, post-punk and psychogeography”. Beeves’ ambient work makes immersive use of everyday soundscapes, manipulating and complimenting the sounds that surround him. In their joint project, Sonic Vandalism, ML-B and Beeves scour the streets of Huddersfield for objects and street furniture to re-purpose as musical instruments. KevinBoniface.co.uk
Alec Shepley
Alec is Head of the School of Creative Arts and Professor of Contemporary Art Practice at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. Prior to his appointment at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in March 2016 he was Head of Lincoln School of Art & Design at the University of Lincoln. Alec’s individual and collaborative research has attracted funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Council, the Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Wales and his work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, with examples held in a number of public and private collections in north America, Europe and Asia. He has been an active participant in national and international artistic research seminars and conferences for several years and his individual and socio-collaborative art research has attracted funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Council, the Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Wales. Through extending the language of painting and sculpture his works become more a means of encounter rather than an end in themselves, providing a document of art as social engagement. Through intertwining reality and fiction,he produces improvised sites that are dialectically linked replies to one another within the wider field of action.
Paul Jones
Paul leads on performance, video, photography, digital media, sound, installation and socially engaged art practices. Paul’s work is based on geography as an epistemological structure visualised through performance, video, photography, sound and drawing. From balancing acts and attempted border leaps, antagonistic border greeting performances to flag waving, Paul’s practice is concerned with the political, cultural and social systems that govern territory. He works collaboratively with artist Guy Mayman as part of DATAMOSH, developing hallucinatory visuals and ritualistic performances that reanimate a large archive of visual material. As a process of exploration and data mining the work responds to an excess of visual and audio material through deconstruction and re-contextualisation. Paul has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including g39, Cardiff; Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol; AC Institute, New York; A.T.P Gallery, London and MOTI, Breda. Contributions to conferences and publications include ‘Croeso I Gymru /Welcome to England – Performing the Welsh/English Border’, Art and Geopolitical Borders conference, MMU; ‘Cerbyd as Project’, Numbers Publication, ‘Small Town Kids’, Dazed and Confused magazine.
Jason Kerry
Alex Bridger
Alex Bridger works at the University of Huddersfield teaching critical and community psychology and approaches to research including psychogeography and the analysis of media texts and political rhetoric. He also involved with chairing the Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network and is currently writing a book titled Psychogeography and Psychology. You can contact him and/or find out more about his work at
Email: a.j.bridger@hud.ac.uk, University Staff profile
Facebook: Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network
Blog: https://notanotherpsychogeographyblog.wordpress.com
Tim Waters
Tim is a psychogeographer, digital humanities enthusiast and freelance geographer. He likes historical maps. He's worked with many libraries and museums on historical maps, temporal geographies and vague fuzzy vernacular spaces. He has been part of Leeds Psychogeography Group and organises the annual Terminalia Festival of Psychogeography. He's also responsible for this website.
Phil Wood
Phil Wood is the Urban Therapist, an intercultural path-beater scavenging the discarded edgelands of our settlements and memories; confronting us with our hubristic follies and rekindling our capacity for compassion and community. He works and walks all over the world but has never really left Huddersfield.
Web: http://philwood.eu/
Blog: http://subversiveurbanism.tumblr.com
@PhilWood11
David Smith
Dave is the Public Engagement Officer at Heritage Quay, the archive of the University of Huddersfield. He spends most days drifting in the collections, mostly not for an invited audience. He also spends a lot of time with spreadsheets and feedback forms. And biscuits.

About The Congress

The 4th World Congress of Psychogeography in 2017 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. The whole three days are part of Heritage Open Days in Kirklees.
Please note that some details may change, please check these listing nearer to 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 effect 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 playful explore different places. Therefore derives/drifts are different to a casual walk or a 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 whats 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 previously levitated the Odeon Cinema a further six times previously in recent years! The second and third World Congresses may take place next year or they may indeed 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

Venues

Friday, Saturday: Heritage Quay

Heritage Quay Events Page
Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
Tel: +44(0)1484 473 168 Email: archives@hud.ac.uk

Sunday: Support To Recovery (S2R) Create Space

S2R Create Space
S2R CREATE SPACE, Brook Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB
Tel: +44 (0)1484 539 531 Email: Contact@s2r.org.uk

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