The date has been set for the next Congress! A 3 day congress on 6/7/8 September, with Friday to be held in the Oastler Building in Huddersfield University, Saturday in Dewsbury and Sunday in Marsden.
Friday's venue has changed from Heritage Quay to The Oastler Building. Still on the University Campus, the Oastler Building is near the ring road roundabout. Map Link
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. The topic of who does psychogeography, where, for what motivation or intention, and with what medium of expression, is now wide open for exploration
This year’s Congress will adopt a different hub each day:
Friday – Oastler Building, the University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
Saturday – in and around Empire House, Dewsbury town centre
Sunday – the Pennine village of Marsden
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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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Friday is a mainly sedentary and verbal experience centred upon the Oastler Building venue, but interspersed with occasional forays into the surrounding townscape.
FRIDAY TICKETS: To sign up for Friday please register for general admission tickets on Eventbrite for Tickets for Friday 4WCOP
talk: Welcome Address
By: The Congress Organisers
A Welcome to the Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography
Note: The venue will be open from 10:15 AM
talk: The experiential landscape - the psychogeography of photography.
By: Rob Knight
An interactive talk aiming to illuminate and explore the creative and reflective nature of psychogeography and how a creative artists may use it to inform and shape their work.
The Experiential Landscape explores how many of our previous life experiences, skills, jobs, relationships and more affect and shape how we perceive the world around us and our place within. Using a psychogeographic mindset we can develop a reflective and creative knowledge of the places we inhabit and transition through. Asking questions of ourselves to understand our personal notions of space and place is a means to interact with and explore our environment. Rob uses the medium of photography, video, audio and written word to reflect on and tell the story of his own experiential landscape shaped by a psychogeographic mindset.
The talk offers some very practical and real explorations of how psyhogeography shapes our interactive and perception of space and place to develop personal creative output. It asks the audience to reflect on and discuss some key questions to make it a two way presentation and collaborative creation of knowledge and experience.
Note: Rob will be offering a Walkshop during Saturday’s programme in Dewsbury in which participants can put into practice some of the methods he will describe in the talk.
discussion: What is Psychogeography in 2019?
11.00 Breakout Space
Join this open discussion to find out what Psychogeography is, where it came from, how it has changed over the years, and what it means to be doing it in 2019. This is an informal discussion created and led by the participants so feel free to bring any material and examples to share (there's a computer and screen available) and any questions or talking
Note: This session is in two parts of an hour each. The first session is chaired by Timmy Waters
Livestream: No Holiday
By: Patrick S. Ford
This will be a live-stream broadcast of a walking performance which will take place in a chosen location within Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, featuring Patrick’s ongoing journey, together with his red suitcase.
So far there have been episodes of No Holiday both recorded and live-streamed from Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Venice (during the 2017 Biennale) and Yorkshire. The walk represents a Sisyphean journey to an intended holiday that is never reached. Patrick pulls his red suitcase, map, selfie-stick etc. and attempts to experience the time spent travelling to the destination.
He explores the everyday experience of travelling overseas, burdened with a suitcase, interested in anything and everything that is encountered along the way. The approach is passive and meditative. The walk provokes questions such as Where is the intended end to the journey? Will the walk ever end? What is in the suitcase?
Performance: Psychogeography and the Trafford Centre
By: Fenella Brandenberg, David Bollinger and guests
In the summer of 2019, several Northern wanderers went on a psychogeographical expedition into the Trafford Centre in Manchester. This session will be a performative piece with Fenella Brandenberg, David Bollinger and may feature other guest appearances!
Performance: Testing the Limits of Looking
By: Fiona Weir
Join this workshop to explore how our ways of seeing are affected by imposed boundaries, limits and restrictions on moving around. Take part in an ‘action research’ experiment, then group discussion and display of our findings, including some reflections from Fiona, who began to lose her mobility in 2011
Note: Max 25 participants, more details coming soon
12.15 to 13.30 In and Out
Lunch can be purchased at the International Kitchen restaurant or the Central Café, both in Student Central, or in the Town Centre.
Note: The "Royal Society for the Preservation of Boring Grid Squares" will be running a stall to raise awareness of the dangers faced by the most featureless kilometre squares on OS maps.
Curated Session: The Alt-Antiquarian
By: Mark Valentine & John Billingsley
Talk 1) Mark Valentine: A Country Still All Mystery – Occult Territory in Supernatural Fiction
This talk will survey examples of how writers in the ‘occult’ field have depicted ‘sacred’ or ‘sinister’ landscape, and will explore whether this has affinities with the practice of psychogeography.
W G Hoskins’ groundbreaking study The Making of the English Landscape (1955) explored how practical activities (agriculture, industry, etc) have shaped the land. But he was also alert to another sort of relationship, that of the numinous, marked not only by built shrines (churches, chapels) but also at natural places (springs, groves, stones). What has been left alone has a significance as well as what has been worked.
This sense of ‘occult’ terrain is conveyed in a range of work in the supernatural or weird fiction field. Authors here evoke the uncanny both in remote country and in city streets. Arthur Machen’s ‘art of wandering’ and his alertness to strange experiences in the byways of London are already noted, but there are others whose work also portrays wanderers who encounter the weird: Mary Butts in Dorset and Cornwall; Elizabeth Bowen in the London of the Blitz; Walter de la Mare in several dream-like enclaves. The talk will also draw on insights in Amit Chaudhuri’s Clearing a Space (2008).
TALK 2) John Billingsley: An Antiquarian Psychogeography
This talk would introduce the relevance of phenomenology in visioning the past and monuments in relation to their landscape and place; reconsidering the role of folklore, particularly place legends, as the psychogeography of previous generations and the making of communal cognitive maps; acknowledging Coverley's inclusion of antiquarian investigators like Alfred Watkins in the broader psychogeographical canon, and the impact notions such as ley lines have had on contemporary appreciations of place; and ways in which a contemporary alt-antiquarian can intentionally project a mythopoetic enquiry on to mundane landscape.
This is an area that has been a strand within wider psychogeography, as in, e.g., Sinclair and Ackroyd. It also challenges reductionist approaches of both scientistic and New Age perspectives. It is a useful antidote to the contemporary, urban and nowadays frequently artistic engagements with psychogeography in dissolving artificial separations between present and past.
Discussion: Definitions, Debates & Directions for Contemporary Psychogeography
14.00 Breakout Space
By: Taylor Butler-Eldridge, Alex Bridger, Simon Cole, Jamie McPhie and Tina Richardson.
Psychogeography can no longer be confined by the narrow boundaries of definition following its radical Parisian roots. Taylor Butler-Eldridge aims to extend its transgressive trajectory by hosting a panel discussion surrounding further directions for contemporary psychogeography. The panel will include 4 of the leading scholars/practitioners within contemporary British psychogeography, to share their previous experience and vision for what psychogeography can be. There will be an opportunity to open the discussion further by inviting questions from the audience
Walk: Huddersfield Orbital
By: Tim Chapman
This walk will be a condensed détournement of Iain Sinclair’s popular psychogeographic classic London Orbital, diagnosing the state of the nation on a circular walk of something under two miles around Huddersfield Ring Road.
It will be a psychoeconomic exploration of the rise and fall of industrial civilisation. In the early 1960s, journalist James Morris looked down from Chapel Hill on a landscape of working mills, at the start of his book ‘The Road to Huddersfield: A Journey to Five Continents’. Commissioned by the World Bank, the book took Huddersfield as the epitome of industrialised society, an exemplar for the developing world to follow. Half a century later, Britain turns inwards. From the same point on Chapel Hill, we don’t take the road out into the world, but the circular ring road that carved out the town centre in the Harold Wilson era. The walk passes through Luddite insurrection, 19th century industrialisation and dissent, 20th century pride and decline, to examine the new landscape of student accommodation and 10-year masterplans. Cultural highlights include King Arthur, the Sex Pistols, Stockhausen, James Bond, Little Malcolm, and the secret portal to Viriconium.
Note: Max 25 participants. Please register to attend this by getting tickets on Eventbrite for theHuddersfield Orbital Walk
Performance: Psychogeography is...an agile innovation for exploiting human
15:30 Breakout Space
By: PIRUDI: Centre for People-related Issues Research: Understanding and Influencing human behaviour
Psychogeography is an agile, high-risk, high-reward science that needs to be exploited by Defence in our current national and international levels of severe Threat and insecurity. The cutting edge innovations of psychogeography offer world-leading opportunities for manipulation of information in the virtual and material domains to shape attitudes and beliefs in the cognitive domain and enhance the human capabilities of our People for sustained national Growth and prosperity. In this presentation, we will showcase the 7-year, £184 million research bid prepared by PIRUDI in response to The MOD’s Defence Science & Technology Lab’s Human and Social Sciences Research Capability call.
Note: Due to current security levels, speaker(s) will present via an encrypted virtual link
Curated Session: The Psychogeography of Nuclear War and Peace
By: Becky Alexis-Martin & Wesley Perriman & Malcolm Craig, Moderated by Phil Wood
Talk 1) Becky Alexis-Martin: Atomic Hol(e)y Spaces of Los Alamos
A talk about feminist and auto-ethnographic processes surrounding psychogeographical exploration of nuclear places and spaces, with a focus on Los Alamos.
Los Alamos rose from obscurity, a secret city called “Project Y”, nestled in the canyons of New Mexico. It was to become infamous as the home of the atomic bomb, the source of the science and technology that propelled and detonated atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 6th and 9th August 1945. It is still a place of contradictions and secrets. It is a Plutopian idyll, presenting now as a pristine and beautiful town of white picket fences, surrounded by the dusty canyons of the New Mexican mesa. It makes a feature of its nuclear weapons laboratory. Tourist attractions include the Los Alamos visitor centre, LANL’s Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Museum, and Fuller Lodge Art Museum. These places retell the story of the atomic bomb, capitalising upon the culture of secrecy that surrounds nuclear weapons to rework the public-facing history of Los Alamos.
Becky will focus on the Church of High Technology, the Black Hole and the Doomsday Stones, and their role in creating places of subversion and peace within the nuclear military industrial establishment by “un-worshiping the bomb”.
Talk 2) Wesley Perriman: An Interpretation of the British Nuclear Weapons Tests and Their Legacy.
Wesley will talk about his personal connection to Britain’s history of nuclear weapons testing – his father was a veteran. This will segue into the wider effects of the tests on their locations and the local populace. Finally Wesley will look at how our Nuclear heritage is being lost. Because the tests were conducted on the opposite side of the globe an 'out of sight, out of mind' mentality has developed.
Talk 3) Malcolm Craig: Space and place in the history of nuclear proliferation
This talk will examine the ways in which policymakers, the media, and creators of popular culture have imagined the links between the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the geographical environment. From the popularisation of imagined territories to interconnections between the commonplace and the unusual, the complexity and occasional strangeness of the nuclear world will be explored, with particular reference to locations in the UK and Pakistan.
Talk: Post-psychogeography, or a theory of unwalking
16:15 Breakout Space
By: Ivan Pope
Can we have a psychogeography without walking?
Ivan says Psychogeography has become an 'ambulatory behemoth', fixated on walking as a methodology when it should be a means of interrogating landscape to generate texts. He speculates if it is possible to undertake walking without going for a walk. He suggests separating ‘the walk’ from the physical action of walking, which he calls ‘unwalking’. He propose the notion of a protocol stack, taken from communications technology, to understand the constituent parts of the unwalking
Ivan hopes that some of the counter-intuitive ideas he’s putting forward will shake up some fixed notions of what psychogeography can be by suggesting different substrates or modes of engaging with the landscape, different methods of recording, or disseminating, or choosing places.
Walk: Huddersfield "Art" Trail
By: Steve Goldman & Graeme Murrell
Local residents will be aware of the Huddersfield “Art Wars” of the early 2000’s, during which control of the council was seized by the “Waste of Fookin Money” party. Its original aim of reducing the arts budget soon mutated into a populist ban on all spending on, and references to, public art. Consequently, many of the “pieces” commissioned by the council in the 60s-90s, although still in existence, have been largely left undocumented and forgotten. Join Steve and Graeme on a trail round the town centre to hopefully revive interest in some of these unappreciated “works”, such as Wyre & Padiham’s monumental “Aspects of Beige”, and Atkin Watendlath’s subtle yet surprising “Dog Hook”.
Note: Max 25 participants. Please register to attend by getting tickets via the Eventbrite page for the Huddersfield "Art" Trail Walk
Film: Walking a Different Way
16.45 Breakout Space
By: Kate Morton
What happens to our perception of the world around us if we are not moving through it on two feet but using a wheelchair? This short video presentation will challenge the assumptions of Psychogeography and give a new perspective on how our means of mobility affects our relationship to the environment.
Kate says Psychogeography forgets there is a body that walks, and how that body walks affects how we perceive our environment. The traditional narrative of walking performance casts the walker as male, unencumbered and non-disabled. How would a different kind of body, with different expressions of mobility change the nature of a walking performance? The way we physically travel through the landscape affects what we notice about it and influences our emotional response. Landscape is shaped by the way we use it, navigate it and by the events that have happened there and at the same time. We are shaped by the landscape we move through. We relate events to places and memories are situated in particular locations.
In relegating wheelchair use to a position other than walking, researchers, artists and psychogeographers are neglecting to discover the ways that different mobile practices might inform the whole debate about what walking is and what it means to walk. What if the rhythm of walking were different? How might that affect the rhythm of thought? Is it possible that the freedom to think comes not from the action of the feet, but from some other quality of human/landscape relationships?
Talk: Psychogeography is Runsploring. Exploring Marsden by Running.
17.15 Breakout Space
By: Laura Williams
The countryside can be wild but traces of human existence can be found everywhere. Fences and walls, stiles and gates. Ruined farmhouses and dilapidated barns. Electric fences and litter. Laura will emphasise the rural landscape as an interesting site for psychogeography.
Ever since she started running Laura has used it as the way of exploring new places. Put on your trainers, leave the house and just start running without any fixed idea of route. Build a map in your mind through piecing together the landscape by running. Runsploring - running plus exploring is a form of psychogeography.
Laura will talk about her psychogeographic explorations of Marsden, sharing stories of running on the paths, tracks, trails and moors around the village and beyond. She will challenge us to question and reconsider the definitions of psychogeography for a rural context; and explore whether running, rather than walking, can be considered a form of psychogeographic practice.
Exhibition / Preview: Fieldworks: Dialogues in Psychogeography
5.30 - 7.30pm Market Gallery, Queensgate Indoor Market
By: Rob Lycett, Carl Meddings, Garry Clarkson, Tim Brown, Sam Welburn, Andy Conroy
Join the artists for the preview show of an exhibition of psychogeography and a temporary contempary happening in this fantastic market space. View the Fieldworks Flyer
Note: There might be refreshements provided 🍺. Show is also open on Saturday of the Congress from 11am to 4pm.
Food and drink available from various establishments around the Town Centre
Note: Please make sure to visit the Fieldworks exhibition in Queensgate Market (see above) during this time.
Social: Social Event
19.30 Northern Quarter
Includes a screening of films by Alastair I Macdonald
Morag Rose’s ‘Loitering, Loving and Getting Lost’
This performance combines fieldnotes from over a decade of artist-activist-academic praxis with a new and more personal psychogeography.
In 2006 Morag co-founded The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) a psychogeographical collective based in Manchester UK. Initially conceived as an experiment in taking radical political theory onto the streets, a key part of the work has been regular free, communal dérives, open to all who wish to wander and wonder on the First Sunday of every month. The LRMs manifesto states “We can’t agree on what psychogeography means” and we have a deep commitment to diversity, plurality and walking as an act of solidarity and defiance. At the heart of this is a the declaration that “ We believe there is magick in the mancunian rain. 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...”
Walking beyond The LRM into a more personal quest, this year Morag has begun tracing the footsteps of her ancestors. This quest draws links between Morag’s fragmented memories and wider socio-political issues of gender, disability, community and commemoration. Her walking has become not just an act of resistance but of remembrance and personal discovery.
This work draws on, and expands, the extensive LRM archive, sharing highlights alongside new discoveries. It is a provocative performance blending – as all dérives do - poetry, politics and art, creating a work that is equal parts polemic, requiem and a manifesto for psychogeographic loitering.
Note: @ Northern Quarter, 28 - 30 Wood St, Huddersfield HD1 1DU
To sign up for these performances please register for tickets via Eventbrite at 4wcop Friday night social
Events will take place in or around BRIGANTIA in Dewsbury (fifth floor, Empire House, Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DJ Map Link)
Dependent upon weather conditions, some of the walks may pass over damp or difficult terrain, so please dress accordingly.
Participants are welcome to opt in and out at any point or to join us for the whole experience.
There is ample public transport to enable you to reach or depart from particular events.
If you are heading from Huddersfield by train we're recommending to take the 10:48 from Huddersfield (arrives 11:04). This is the stopping train which is a little slower, but will have the advantage of being relatively quiet and it starts from Huddersfield (Platform 6) so it should be relatively easy to get to it.
Talk: Introduction to The Day
11.27 Brigantia 1
An introduction to Saturday's World Congress.
Note: Please note the precise start time of this starting event.
Talk: It's All a Game - A 4WCoP IF Adventure
12.00 Brigantia 1
By: Krishan Coupland
How does the way in which we parse the world affect our experience of it? In this session we'll take a virtual dérive through five cities in five different formats ranging from Twine adventure to Dungeons & Dragons game. The only common element is that it's all, at the heart of it, play.
This interactive audio/visual presentation is developed from an existing talk about interactive fiction. During the 45-minute session Krishan will present five different custom-made pieces of interactive fiction, each of which describes a short dérive in a different city. We'll play through each of them as a group, and then examine the way in which space and experience are parsed by each engine. Throughout he'll invite participants to see the world around them as an interactive environment, and project these ways of parsing the world onto the world they experience. This approach stems from the idea that psychogeography is, first and foremost, play - and that, thusly, a playful way of experiencing the world can be powerful in enhancing our ability to notice it.
Note: Max 16 participants. Please register for tickets via Eventbrite for It's All a Game - A 4WCoP IF Adventure
Talk: Saving Psychogeography from the Academics
12.00 Brigantia 2
By: Adrian Riley
Or...psychogeography as a practical tool for creative public engagement. This will be a combination of a visual talk plus some practical activity based on real-life examples from Adrian's collaborative practice using psychogeographic process and techniques for community engagement in public art and design commissions. The projects have involved artists, poets, scriptwriters, photographers and designers, walking, getting lost, meeting people, sharing stories and finding words with which to create public artworks to clearly defined briefs These include:
* A building-wide poem on walls, fences, windows and pavements created from words collected on journeys around the locale.
* Stories collected from the community and placed back where they took place.
* An alternative series of ‘signposts’ encouraging navigation of a bird sanctuary via sound.
* A seafront artwork of found words collated in the location, arranged according to tide patterns.
* A former shop repurposed to stock the words of people of the town.
Note: This session will begin outside Empire House for a simple activity in the locale and then move indoors to Brigantia 2 for the talk and an activity creating a new text on the fly.
Walkshop: The experiential landscape - the psychogeography of photography.
By: Rob Knight
Rob will lead a walk to explore the creative experience of the derive or drift. It will allow participants to explore for themselves, documenting and creating imagery, video and audio artefacts inspired by the creative walk.
The walkshop is designed to offer a toolkit as to how we might explore and react to place through a psychogeographic and creative mindset giving participants an ability to use some everyday tech or tools to frame their own personal reflections and meanderings. It will show how Rob uses a psychogeographic mindset to shape and inspire his creative output as a professional artist / photographer and educator.
Note: Whilst it would be advisable for people attending the Walkshop to have already heard Rob’s Talk in Friday’s programme in Huddersfield, it is not essential.
Max 25 participants. Please register via Eventbrite to book your tickets for The experiential landscape
Talk: Expanding perceptions with sensors
12.45 Brigantia 1
By: David Upton
We are unable to sense many subtle signals: for example only our smartphones know that GPS satellite signals are always above us. What other energies and indicators does our conscious perception miss, which nevertheless influence our lives, emotions and attitudes?
David has begun to build a portable sensor kit, to expand his perceptions during and after psychogeographic walks, with a particular focus on magnetic fields and radio waves. He would like to share the technology and the results he is obtaining. He wants to try to make these forces more visible, either by maps or art works, or by 'real time' Augmented Reality displays for walkers. It raises some interesting questions: Can things that we do not consciously sense nevertheless affect our perceptions? Could it one day show an objective basis for apparently 'occult' phenomena like ley lines and dowsing?
These technologies are increasingly easy to replicate, and to some extent already exist in the mobile phones that we all carry around with us. David hopes to show people ways to use their phones to expand their conscious awareness.
Talk: Web Walking
14.30 Brigantia 1
By: Helen Billinghurst & Phil Smith
A presentation in response to growing and divisive crises, Helen and Phil propose a new emphasis for psychogeography: a walk towards conviviality, togetherness, connectivity and group world building. They want to advocate a practical ecological and convivial re-wilding of themselves and a renewal as artists in a metaphorical dark forest of imagination.
Web Walking is a response to the growing and divisive crises of populism, misinformation, misogyny, fundamentalist reaction and species extinction, as they propose a new emphasis for psychogeography. They advocate for a practice that is not based on the thrill of apocalypse; they want to get away from the individualist consumerist thrills of the psychogeographical ‘eerie’ as entertainment product – and repurpose the challenge of climate change and the affects of the dread space of hypermodernity as means to conviviality and connectivity (web walking).
Mindful of psychogeography’s problematic ‘occult’ tradition, they will propose a non-systems based strategy for walking in the ‘magical mode’ (as defined by Gilbert Simondon), drawing on the fictioning and myth-science of Simon O’Sullivan, Hélène Cixous’s embrace of mutant social relations and our own discoveries in the world. They will point to the ideology of separateness – the huge revenant of neo-liberalism, even more resilient and confounding now that neo-liberalism is dying and leaving behind its spectres and holograms – as psychogeography’s primary foe. Against individualism and isolation, they offer arachnian weaving paths inspired by Fernand Deligny; and will describe some practical examples.
Talk: Psychogeography And Grief: Navigating Loss Of Body And Place
14.30 Brigantia 2
By: Cynthia A. Schemmer
Following the death of her mother in 2006, Cynthia acquired an insatiable need to see the unseeable of New York City, the place she and her mother once called home. She obsessively explored the ruins: Dead Horse Bay, Domino Sugar Factory, Arthur Kill ship graveyard, the Brooklyn corner where the apartment her mother was born into once stood, and more. She wanted to collect the histories of her mother and her version of New York, staggered between this world and another, and what those histories look like today. She wanted to learn about the past without the influence of capitalism, in places that exist outside of museums and crowds.
In this workshop, Cythia will discuss her book-in-progress and then lead the audience in a creative writing workshop that explores grief of body and place, the changes that are constantly occurring within both, and the role of psychogeography. There has yet to be any formal literature regarding the connections between psychogeography and grief. While her book is not yet finished, Cynthia believes it will be the first to merge the two, and her hope is to expand the community's perception of psychogeography by working through their own grief of body and place.
Walk: Act of Resistance
By: Andrew Howe
Actively challenging control of space and place is an important part of psychogeography. In this event, participants will make small interventions in the urban landscape to foster community kindness, before gathering for a short performance walk as a demonstration of unity.
The event will commence with a brief introduction to the history of people’s protests in West Yorkshire, with reference to specific local places and movements such as Chartism and Luddism. Andrew will set participants a simple task to complete and this will be followed by a silent collective act in public space.
The small interventions will encourage participants to look closely at, and engage with, the streetscape with a specific purpose in mind. The results are also intended to engage non-participating members of the public by encouraging curiosity, raising awareness of an urgent need for more community spirit. The closing group activity will involve all participants in a simple performance that draws on Fluxus events and performance projects such as Open City. It offers an opportunity to take part in a creative action, transforming albeit briefly and subtly, a public space, whilst drawing attention to the important role that walking has in demonstrating collective solidarity, identity and belonging.
Note: Max 20 participants. Please register for tickets for this event on Eventbrite for Act of Resistance
Talk: Psychogeographic Flow and Writing the Black Country
15.15 Brigantia 1
By: Kerry Hadley-Pryce
How might psychogeographic walking in a 'liminal' area like the Black Country in the West Midlands ignite a feeling of 'flow' and inspire new pieces of creative writing?
According to some, the Black Country is a 'place' somewhere in the West Midlands. As others have noted, however, the precise pinning down of where the Black Country borders are located has been, and remains, a contentious issue. It tends to be regarded as a liminal place, not quite town, not quite rural, yet containing both, and it is a ‘place’ that has dialects, traditions and a culture, which includes its literature/writing output. Indeed, an important thematic thread of writing that comes out of the Black Country is ‘place’ or, more specifically a sense of place.
Those who live there have a form of topophilia without even realising it. By focusing on this notably ‘unmappable’ place (the Black Country), this talk makes psychogeography account for itself, taking it off the beaten track, drifting into an analysis of how writers deal with the region as a ‘sensation of place’ in their writing. It will tackle ideas about deep topography and, will develop the concept of psychogeography much further, connected to Kent Chapin Ross' and Katarina Loffler's separate notions of literary psychogeography, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘Flow’ in creativity.
It may also open up interesting comparisons between the Black Country and the liminal Heavy Woollen District which surrounds Dewsbury
Walk: Walking Weirdly
By: Fiona Weir
The first rule is, the rules are all yours! Walking Weirdly is a new game for exploring the places you find yourself in and experiencing them differently. Play alone or with two, three or four people, or in teams. Pick cards at random, deal them out, and compete, or share every challenge. Give points or don’t. Aim for laughter, reflection, new experiences and awareness. (Conceived and designed by Fiona Weir. Sets available to borrow or to buy from Fiona).
Note: Max 25 participants. Please register for tickets for this event on Eventbrite for Walking Weirdly
Performance: What does Psychogeography feel like?
16.00 Brigantia 1
By: Threadbear Theatre
So 4WCoP’s talking about what psychogeography is, but what does it feel like? And is what it feels like what it actually is? Isn't that more 'it' than anything else? This is a chance to share your thoughts, bright moments and stories about psychogeography, see them played back by a skilled team of improvisers and follow the red thread that connects all our stories.
Threadbear Theatre invites the audience to share thoughts stories and moments in a playback theatre performance. Playback theatre explores the feelings, emotions, atmospheres and archetypes inside and around our experiences, great or small. People's thoughts and stories and the performers’ response to them seed other stories and a thread develops connecting everyone's stories.
Films: A screening of various films
16.00 Brigantia 2
By: Various Artists
A screening of various films, including the work of Alastair I Macdonald, https://alistairimacdonald.com/
Note: A second chance to see the films first screened on Friday night
Walk to Dewsbury Railway Station and travel by train to Huddersfield NOTE: there are trains at 17.29, 17.51 and 18.10 and the journey takes between 9 and 18 minutes.
Intervention: Fun & Games
18.45 St. Georges Sq.
By: Crab & Bee
A presentation in response to growing and divisive crises, we propose a new emphasis for psychogeography: a walk towards conviviality, togetherness, connectivity and group world building. We want to advocate a practical ecological and convivial re-wilding of ourselves and a renewal of ourselves as artists in a metaphorical dark forest of imagination.
Note: Meet at the statue of Harold Wilson outside the railway station
Social: Social Event
19.30 Small Seeds, Castlegate, Huddersfield HD1 2UD
New Weird Huddersfield presents:
an evening of psychogeographical entertainment.
* Comic artist and musician Malcy Duff performs a live comic;
* Kneeling Coats make music from map-scores, land use and psych-interpretation;
* Napoleon III performs BUILDINGS , a new piece of music, light and performance, which derives from his vision of composition and sound as structural or architectural; and explores the impact of the city on both individual and group happiness.
* Kevin Boniface reads from his books The Most Difficult Thing Ever and Round About Town, with audio visual accompaniment.
Price: £5 on the door or pay what you can afford. Nobody will be refused entry.
Note: Malcy Duff will also lead a workshop on Sunday at the Making Space in Huddersfield. (Doors for Small Seeds open at 7.30pm)
Events will take place in or around MARSDEN PAROCHIAL HALL, Clough Lea, Marsden, Huddersfield HD7 6DN (map link)
Dependent upon weather conditions, some of the walks may pass over damp or difficult terrain, so please dress accordingly.
Participants are welcome to opt in and out at any point or to join us for the whole experience.
There is ample public transport to enable you to reach or depart from particular events.
Swim: Unsynchronised Swimming/With Swimming In Mind - an outdoor swimming exploration
10.15 Sparth Reservoir
By: Amy Walker and Fiona Weir
Does water connect mind, body and place in a unique way? This outdoor swim is a chance to find out! Sparth Reservoir has been used for organised and disorganised swimming for generations, and is a unique, liminal, watery place between canal, lock, road, railway, woodland and moorland. Explore the water, landscape and yourself.
Important: Participants swim at their own risk: to take part, you MUST be a confident swimmer and must read The Outdoor Swimming Society's 'safer swimming' advice. Please note there are no changing facilities: we dress/undress in public beside the water, so bring a big towel or similar as well as your swimming costume.
Note: Only 12 places available; Please regsiter for your place via eventbrite: tickets for Unsynchronised Swimming/With Swimming In Mind
Talk/Walk: Foregrounding the psychology in psycho/geography
12.00 Marsden Paraochial Hall
By: Andrea Capstick
The psychological dimension of psychogeography has been somewhat overlooked. More attention has been paid to the geographical dimension of psychogeography than to its basis in psychology. Psychology is also a multiple and contested field. So what kind of psychology might work if we want to enrich and expand psychogeography as concept and practice?
The Situationists spoke of the impact of the geographical environment on the 'emotions and behaviour', but psychology is much more than this, taking in, for example, cognition, memory, dreams, imagination, and what has sometimes been described as 'unconscious mental life'.
This session will involve going for a short unstructured walk, whilst paying close attention to the impact of the environment in question on each participants' 'inner state'. Participants will be asked to make a one page record of the walk, using words and phrases, drawings, free association, found images and objects etc. Post-walk discussion will focus specifically on the phenomenon of selection, ie why do we choose certain objects, images, words rather than others in order to describe or explain a landscape to ourselves? Is it simply there to be found, do we create it imaginatively, or are certain elements always, already foregrounded due to past associations that we may not be aware of?
Note: Max 12 participants. Please register for tickets for this event on Eventbrite for Foregrounding the psychology in psycho/geography.
Walk: Marsden by accident
By: Chris Marsden
A three mile walk across Marsden guided by Chris Marsden to visit sites of accidents to people called Marsden. The walk links up eight sites of Nineteenth Century accidents to people called Marsden with a short account of each.
Note: Space is limited. Please register to attend this event via the Eventbrite page for Marsden By Accident. Please register Stout footwear and outdoor wear are recommended as the walk includes exposed rough ground. To save a long up-hill walk it includes a mid-walk £1.50 bus ride to Owlers Farm.
Walk/Performance: Poetics of Space/Place
14.45 Marsden Paraochial Hall
By: Rob Lycett
Building upon his practice of responding to spaces and experiences, Rob will lead a writing/performance activity which uses location specific language as a framework. Each participant will wander through Marsden gathering language using the ‘what three words’ app (iOS Android), a system which provides language coordinates based upon three random words. The work will culminate in performances of the short poetic works in various locations in Marsden as language based interventions.
Walk: Draw It Out - an outdoor exploration with Kate Morton and Fiona Weir
By: Fiona Weir
What happens when we pay deliberate attention to the effects and emotions created in us by a landscape? Join this semi-structured group game to explore, draw maps and find out. A unique corner of Marsden has been deliberately chosen for its geographic and psychogeographic variety: within half a mile, we find roads, housing, railway, canal, river, nature garden, woods, undergrowth and art.
Note: Note that all participants - whether on wheels or on foot - will be able to access some but not all paths. The main path is level but uneven and some wheelchair users may wish to come with a helper; contact Kate/Fiona if you would like to discuss.
Walk: Get Yourself in a State...
By: Simon Cole
Get Yourself in a State...of receptivity, where anything and everything is of interest. Ever experienced a flow state in the park, or sunk into mystic reveries on the bus? Then you are one of us - and we need you for this creative, collaborative and playful walk.
Psychogeography is a state of mind: a way of going about in a world that's suddenly so much more interesting when you activate this mindset, using tools we already have inside our own heads. Simon Cole didn't realise he'd been doing Psychogeography for decades all over the world until recently. And he never knew so many other people were doing it too, until #4WCOP. So with some references to the 'original Psychogeographer' William Blake, some readings and some practical exercises, we're going to collectively change our state. We're going to bounce off each other and create a small space of possibility. This will not be a lecture: it's going to be collaborative, consensual and creative. Using the technique of the Dérive and a few other state-changing techniques, we'll go on foot for a short 'wonder wander' of possibility.
Note: Max 20 participants. Please register for tickets for this event on Eventbrite for Get Yourself in a State
16.00 Marsden Paraochial Hall
Possible talk here, watch this space
Social: Closing Event
17.00 Riverhead Brewery Tap
Refreshments at the Riverhead Brewery Tap, 2 Peel St, Marsden, Huddersfield HD7 6BR
The 4th World Congress of Psychogeography in 2019 brings together people from all walks of life 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.
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:
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.
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.html https://notanotherpsychogeographyblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/world-congress-of-perambulatory-sutures-huddersfield-and-leeds-1314-may-2015/
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