Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography

4th World Congress of Psychogeography 7th-8th September 2018.
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Friday 7th September 2018

Venue: Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Friday is a mainly sedentary and verbal experience centred upon Heritage Quay, but interspersed with occasional forays into the surrounding townscape.

Please register for your free tickets here: Friday General Admission Tickets (via TicketSource)

All events are free of charge. However, if you would like to make a donation you will be most welcome. Look out for the Blue Buckets.

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

    Note: The venue will be open from 10:00 AM

  • Forum: Identities
    10.45 Auditorium
    By: Alex Bridger, Anna Davidson and Lesley Wood

    Alex J Bridger : Walking In Between The Margins: A Psychogeographical Study with LGBT people in The Kirklees Area. This talk will outline psychogeography as a way to document LGBT people’s experiences living in the Kirklees area. It extends psychogeographical work to not only consider consumer capitalism but to conceptualise a gender informed approach to doing psychogeography. Bridger undertook various walks with local people from across the LGBT spectrum, in order to explore memories, create art pieces to represent experiences of the area and to document ‘queerness’ in places. His team conducted psychogeographical walks in Huddersfield, Batley, Holmfirth and Manchester. Participants took photographs, drew DIY maps and wrote reflective accounts of the walks. The team is in the process of threading key themes from the photographs, audio and written accounts by the participants. They believe further psychogeographical work is needed to work with LGBT people to consider their standpoints in relation to consumer capitalism as well as to develop a feminist, queer and LGBT informed approach to psychogeographical research and practice.

    Anna Davidson : Diverse/Derives. There is something about anagrams. Maybe it’s the opportunity to diverge from a word’s linear reading and to derive other meanings from the constituent parts. For the Situationist International, the détournement – taking capitalist cultural imageries and symbols and rerouting or hijacking them – was a mode of resistance against the alienation wrought by capitalism through culture. This short video-presentation asks what might happen if the psychogeographic walk is diverted into its own Vague Terrains? What haunted, queer, feminist, invisible, nonhuman, othered subjectivities, ways of moving and knowing are situated on the margins of the dérive itself? What stories emerge of the Colne valley from Marsden to Huddersfield when you decentre the singular, present, coherent, human walking subject as story-teller?

    Lesley Wood : Exploring Hinterland. In May 2016 Wood walked solo from Leeds to Newcastle, traversing personal hinterland between present and past home cities, exploring themes of connection, separation, loss and change. The walk was an inquiry into how women inhabit space (perhaps public space is more often than not 'vague terrain' for women) and the dynamic interaction between a human subject and a beloved landscape, emotionally, politically and aesthetically. She walked a 'matri-line' linking four generations and four female members of family (the latest in a long line of 'Eleanors'). Hence, her walk was an exercise in feminist psychogeography, investigating how her gender, as well as her age (60-plus) and impairment (arthritic hip), framed her experience. It provoked an exploration of the concept of hinterland- defined variously as: ‘behind the land’ (from the German); or, the area from which resources are drawn; or, the area beyond what is visible or known- as a metaphor for women’s beleaguered subjectivity. In that respect she experienced the line travelled as the ground on which she stands, the space where she discovered who she is. This personal aspect was linked to consideration of the lives of other women, both past and present, and with stories of human impact embedded in the landscape.

    Note: Short presentations followed by an open panel discussion

  • Discussion: What is Psychogeography in 2018?
    10.45 Breakout Space
    By: Everyone
    Join this open discussion in the breakout space 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 2018. 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 points you'd like to discuss.

  • Break: LUNCH
    12.15 - 13.30 Inside and Out
    Lunch can be purchased at the International Kitchen restaurant or the Central Café, both in Student Central, or in the Town Centre. (With the exception of those participating in the Retail Environments session, for which special provision is made). Also see the list of places to eat in Queensgate Market (PDF). also in the market you can see the Temporary Contemporary Exhibition with the art work of Ryan Durrant (Black Bag)

  • Walk & Talk: Retail Environments as Vague Terrain
    12.15 Outdoors followed by Break-out Room
    By: Andrew Taylor, Katrina Whitehead, & Kasia Breska

    Andrew Taylor & Katrina Whitehead : Empty Shop Project 4.0: Re-Viewing Post-Industrial Consumer Culture. Empty spaces pervade our once rich and vibrant retail centres, increasingly marginalised businesses shut-up shop and uninspired consumers wander the town centre of Huddersfield disconnected from their culture as consumers and community. How our surroundings affect us is embodied and embedded in patterns of everyday experiences;“… the breathtakingly brilliant aesthetics of Apple’s spit and polished flagship store in the Big Apple or, conversely, the intuitive sense that a shopping centre is on the slide as discounters occupy space formerly reserved for consumer-captivating, upscale-oriented anchor tenants.” (Brown, 2016). Andrew Taylor and Katrina Whitehead are ecologically re-mapping the post-industrial consumer culture in and around the town centre of Huddersfield. Drawing on inspiration from their walks, they curate a shared vision of how town centres can be experienced through shared data, documents and community involvement. Re-viewing the subtle spatial codes and signals that surround us, we ask how we can re-connect the liminal retail spaces with the townspeople to collectively discover a way to create a new and novel vision to a place. Can our collective ideas make a difference to how we map space, notice and experience spaces and regenerate our retail social spaces?

    Kasia Breska : Murals As A Site Specific Intervention – Translating Qualities of Space Into Colours And Symbols. Kasia Breska works as a muralist and her work is deeply rooted in a site specific research of a place, linking many different dimensions, from the history to architectural and geographical qualities, to cultural and visual aspects. Coming from the background of environmental studies and then fine art, Breska joins both, concepts of habitat and visual language. In her work, she researches the site she paints as a habitat, an environment, where all elements of that space constitute a certain set of dynamics, perceptions, then eventually feelings and behaviours. For Breska, murals are powerful elements changing those dynamics and perceptions and working as an artist gives an incredible chance (and huge responsibility) to influence, shape the space. She works with an idea of developing systems of codes and shapes that create an alphabet, language of the space/location. The second element influencing her creative process is colour, vast quantities of flat, block colours, applied in carefully thought over combinations, joining the compositions of shapes and symbols. All designs Breska executes are there to build connection between the space and its inhabitants, to influence space’s qualities, to create a ‘good habitat’ for those who live/stay there.

    Note: Participants will walk from Heritage Quay to Queensgate Market, where lunch can be purchased at various outlets. There will be seating and tables reserved in the ‘Events Area’ of the Queensgate Market where all 4wcop attendees can sit and have a bite to eat and something to drink. Also in the Events Space will be exhibited work by local artist, Kasia Brescia. A walk around the Market will take in the Temporary Contemporary art show, before returning to Heritage Quay for presentations and discussion.
    The walk is limited to 25 people on a first-come first served basis. For free tickets, register here tickets for walk to Queensgate Market (via TicketSource)

  • walk: Lunch break dérive: short personal heritage walks
    13.00 & 13.15 Outside
    By: Graeme Murrell
    This idea is a response both to Phil Smith's appeal 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.

  • talk: Boundary No Boundary
    13.30 Auditorium
    By: Tony Wade
    In May June and July 2018 artist Tony Wade walked, documented and painted the entire length of the Wakefield District Boundary. The boundary is a 60-mile long line which appears on maps but has no objective reality on the ground. To paint it he split the boundary into 20 x 3 mile stages and found a place in the middle of each stage to paint. He painted on three panels (40cm x 20cm) recording what he saw in 180 degrees from horizon to horizon looking outwards from the district. The series of 60 paintings record a complete view from the boundary looking out. Along the way he interviewed people living near this space to find out what it means to them. All the work collected will form a unique exhibition and online resource.

  • Talk (& walk): New Slices Through Old Places
    14.30 Auditorium & Outside
    By: Roger Boyle
    'Psychogeography for Beginners' manuals give the dilettante a hatful of techniques for navigating spaces in new, or unusual ways - 'draw a line', 'randomize a timetable' ... lots of us have tried lots of them and they are jolly good fun. The world probably doesn't need any more such techniques, but - nothing daunted – Boyle would like to propose some. If they have novelty, it is the scale, or abstraction level, at which they operate. They are easy to implement and 4WCoP delegates will be able to go outdoors and implement them immediately.

  • talk: The Walkies as Method- Experiments in Human Canine Psychogeography
    15.15 Auditorium
    By: Darren O'Brien
    This talk explores the relationship between human and canine entities, entangled in a walking adventure, where the boundaries of space, sensory experiences and trust are explored and challenged. This talk is an opportunity to share his recent MA research project, exploring walking as a method for thinking and making. The project explores issues of trust and empathy, sensory connections with urban, suburban and wild spaces through human canine entanglement.

  • Forum: Post-Industrial Landscapes
    15.15 Break-out Room
    By: Martin Eccles and David Sables

    Martin P Eccles : Trace No Trace. The presentation will describe the ideas within 'trace no trace' - a critical engagement with solitary movement through time-space. Resulting in a pair of installations utilising multi-channel sound and text, “No. 1: trace” took place inside and above Smallcleugh Level, a drift mine, in Nenthead; it examines walking in the context of a walk inside a lead mine and a second walk following the route of the underground passages on the fell above. 'No. 2: no trace' took place in the River Pont over the half mile where it flows inside the estate boundary of Cheeseburn Grange, Northumberland; and examines walking in the context of two walks (on the winter solstice and on the spring equinox), each one upstream and downstream, along a common route, in a river. Using Ingold’s idea of the trace, the presentation will critically interrogate walking across the two sites and four walks. Suggesting the presence and absence of the walker’s trace and the impact on walking of profound disruption of the walker’s senses (vision, hearing, balance), it offers the opportunity to reflect on the nature of solitary walking in particular, walking in general across space-time and how these are influenced by terrain.

    David Sables : Shadows On The Landscape. The presentation consist of a short film showing a person moving through a mixed urban and rural landscape with sound references relating to a pivotal point in the subjects life and the emotions this journey evokes. The film seeks to explore what is remembered and who decides what is remembered and how landscapes have been and are being reconstructed to eliminate cultural and working class memory reference points which are unpalatable to elites. The film was made as part of a Northern Film school Leeds Becket university project, called ‘Mining the Memories’ and is based on a poem Sables wrote some years ago based on memories of events during 1984/85 Miners’ Strike.

    Note: Short presentations followed by an open panel discussion

  • talk: Charles Conrad Abbott: Archaeologist, Naturalist, and New Jersey Psychogeographer
    15.45 Auditorium
    By: David Platt
    New Jersey occupies a complex position in America’s cultural imagination. Most people think of the state’s sprawl, malls, factories, landfills, and Super Fund Clean Up sites; yet, it is officially named “The Garden State” for its farmlands and remaining “wild” areas. The state is a mishmash of land-use types—in constant flux, as locations fall in and out of use. It is an edgeland state. Charles Conrad Abbott (1843-1919) authored books based on his walking explorations of rural and semi-rural New Jersey. Most focus on his wildlife observations, but also articulate a profound awareness of the region’s palimpsest of historical landscapes. His accounts of watchful walking, deep historical knowledge, and ethical core (including grief at the displacement of the Leni Lenape people)—mark him out as America’s first psychogeographer. Platt locates Abbott’s work in the context of contemporary psychogeography as well as American traditions of geographical writing (e.g., American romanticism, Deep Mapping), and revisits some of the locations where he walked. Most importantly, Platt argues that we can still learn from his practices, nearly a hundred years after his death, and Platt explains how Abbott’s example has helped him, a transplant from the northwest of England, begin his own explorations of his adopted home.

  • talk: Rambling in Northern Istanbul with 250 people: Walking as a Pedagogical Exploration for Architecture
    17.00 Auditorium
    By: Nazlı Tümerdem & Sevgi Türkkan
    In October 2017, the independent research project Istanbul Walkabouts and ITU first-year architectural design studio intersections3400 organized a 9-km walk in northern Istanbul with 250 students. Unlike the urbanized, industrialized and populated southern part of the city, northern Istanbul is sparsely populated with houses, villages, forests, water reserves and agricultural lands. Currently, this region is going through massive transformations due to mega-projects imposed via top-down approaches. The walk aimed to critically explore this site while experimenting with the use of walking as a transformative tool for architectural learning. The presentation aims to reflect upon the twofold manifestation of “terrain vague” in this walk: geographical and pedagogical. The former refers to ‘vacant’ operational landscapes of the city where the walk was performed; and the latter refers to doubtful traditions of architectural pedagogy: reliance on aerial views, plans, maps, as well as dichotomies of built-natural, urban-rural etc. that confine the understanding and designing of environments. Ultimately, the outcomes of walking-learning in Vague Terrains will be discussed through student works; installations located in various parts of the city, manifesting a statement based on their experience.

  • walk: The World's Shortest Derive
    17.15 Outside
    By: David Upton
    Last November Upton organised a derive in Waterloo station, London, at 6pm - the height of the rush hour. At this time, almost everyone on the station is rushing through, intent on reaching a precise spot just before the precise time when their next train leaves, or else standing still, waiting for something.They turned this on its head: they set a precise spot to reach, but agreed NOT to reach it before a distant time. As a result, they took 45 minutes to walk 70 yards. This surely qualifies as the shortest derive in history - in distance, at least. Roughly four feet a minute, or one short step every 30 seconds. (You mustn't stand still.) The idea was to impose their own time on their environment: to be in the station but in a different time space.

    Note: Participants will assemble in Heritage Quay and walk to St George’s Square (outside the Railway Station) where the derive will take place.
    Limited to 12 people, sign up in person at Heritage Quay.

  • game: Monopoly: the Psychogeography and Urban Exploration Edition
    18.30 The Head of Steam public house, St George’s Square
    By: Jamie McPhie & Taylor Butler-Eldridge
    A psychogeographical variation of the familiar boardgame. Anyone may join in.

    Note: This is at the same location for the evening social event. Everyone welcome.

Saturday 8th September 2018

Venue: Various locations around Huddersfield and the Colne Valley

Saturday, day 2, is a mainly mobile experience of walks and rides, interspersed with occasional talks. The general focus of activity will move gradually up the Colne Valley from Huddersfield to Marsden throughout the day. Several walks will start or finish at one of our two gathering points: the Red & Green Club in Milnsbridge and the Civic Hall in Slaithwaite. The day will end in the convivial surroundings of the Riverhead Tap, Marsden.

All events are free of charge. However, if you would like to make a donation you will be most welcome. Look out for the Blue Buckets.

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. See the bus timetable here: or and the train timetable here:

Notable Landmarks

Slaithwaite Civic Hall, 15A New Street, Slaithwaite, HD7 5AB (map)
Red & Green Club, 42 Bankwell Rd, Milnsbridge, HD3 4LU (map)
Riverhead Brewery Tap, Marsden (map)


  • talk: Welcome and Introduction
    10.00 Auditorium, Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield
    By: The Congress Organisers
    Explanation of how the many walks and events in the Colne Valley will fit together.

  • walk: PLATFORM SEVEN by Edge Ogs
    10.30 Springwood Tunnel Ventilation Shafts, Merton Street, Huddersfield HD1 4BP (map)
    By: Simon Bradley & Ursula Troche
    The performance is inspired by a multi-sensory consideration of the railway as emergent terrain vague. Shifting spaces, times, sounds, visions, smells, and memories are invoked by a series of ritualised procedures involving chanting, performance poetry, dreamscapes, portable sonics, and storytelling transporting the audience deep into the intimate workings of The Network. Bradley and Troche build their performance upon a spectrum of observations, from close up and from afar. The train epitomises Debord’s ‘rapid passage through varied ambiences’ and yet it runs on tracks in a linear fashion, hence their specialised strand of linear dérive research comes to bear here as they explore curved spacetime, uncovering myriad folded t(er)rains, and connections activated by encounters with and across lines and borders, edging into realms of quantum entanglement hidden even from trainspotters, as hungry caterpillars munch their ways through the countryside, across rivers, tunnelating through hills, and under the sea! What might appear as solid and linear becomes extremely vague and intensely wiggly.

    Note: The walk will terminate beneath the railway viaduct at Longroyd Lane, Paddock Foot HD1 4RY (map)
    Tickets are free, recommended and can be booked here via Ticketsource

  • ride: Journeys On The A62: A Bus Journey as a Vague Terrain for Artistic Inspiration
    10.30 Huddersfield Bus Station (Stand M)
    By: John Rooney
    Rooney invites a group of fellow-travellers to ride up and down the Colne Valley by bus. He wants everyone travelling with him to adopt the identity of “the Wand’rin Star”. The group will be observing the unusual and sometimes missed ideas thoughts and words along the way. Rooney will give everyone travelling an orange Silvine notebook (they are cheap buy and look great) for them to record their observations. The cover will be stamped with “I am the Wander’in Star”. The books will be a record of the journey, and a connected set of random observations and voices from the journey. From this Rooney will create a typographic response to their observations, as a collected set of overlaid language, this will create unusual connected sentences brought together by the journey.

  • walk: The Hauntology of Paddock Brow: A Walk Through Past, Present and Future.
    11.30 Commences beneath the railway viaduct at Longroyd Lane, Paddock Foot HD1 4RY (map) (Bus number 356 from Huddersfield stops nearby)
    By: Phil Wood
    A century ago Paddock Brow was a substantial industrial settlement, which is now partially demolished and disappeared beneath woods and edgeland scrub, but which planners have also considered for future housing and employment development. Walkers are invited to summon ghosts of the past, uncover some of the shady and spectral uses to which the land is currently put, and speculate on what may come next, or mourn the phantoms of imagined futures that will never be realised.

    Note: The walk will terminate at the Red & Green Club, 42 Bankwell Rd, Milnsbridge, HD3 4LU (map). This walk includes some rough ground so robust footwear and clothing is recommended. The walk is limited to 25 people on a first-come first served basis. Please book here for free tickets (via TicketSource)

  • walk/performance: Your Welcome To The Zone.
    11.45 Paddock Head (outside West Mount Vets, 158 Luck Ln, Huddersfield HD1 4RA (map) (Buses 301.302 and 356 from Huddersfield stop here).
    By: Sohail Khan
    Framed in and through the looking glass of the narratives, themes, dreams and ideas of Writer Brothers Strugatsky and Film Director Tarkovsky and all those others who have followed into the Zone, this walk will encompass and traverse the back hinterlands of the post- and modern-industrial wasteland of a fragment of the Colnevalley of what is now called an Edgelands territory. Interlopers to the Zone will choose to explore this luminal, liminal and subliminal space through the theatrics of their imaginations, acting with mindful intent upon themselves, crossing thresholds and divining meanings like psychonauts of a cosmic playground. We will be informed by a map that the Artist and Stalker Sohail Khan has constructed over years that marks the traces of interactions, rituals, artefacts, objects, visitants and happenings in this space. Here we will explore and unearth the possibilities of a place in which you may truly become Visitants yourselves, finding the traces, places and spaces that are at once the Zone of Colnevalley in a fractured Albion 2018. The Zone of the Film and the Book. The Zone of Moscow 1994. The Zone of any place where you can bring your mind to open upon the vista of the landscapes of your own imagination. Of Myth, Legend, Meta-story and the Unknown.

    Note: This space you will enter is disputed territory. It is also broken territory by definition of being Edgeland. The Stalker accepts no responsibility for any damage, bad experiences or other conditions that you may experience in the Zone. Any damage arising out of this experience whether they be criminal, civil, material or spiritual. The Zone is rough terrain so you must equip yourself for your sojourn there in matters of clothing, footwear and upon other matters of the soul. All forms of recording will be taking place. You may be recorded. You may be transmitted.
    The walk will terminate at the Red & Green Club, 42 Bankwell Rd, Milnsbridge, HD3 4LU (map). The walk is limited to 25 people on a first-come first served basis. Please book your free tickets here (via TicketSource)

  • talk: Traces of Victor
    13.00 Red & Green Club, 42 Bankwell Rd, Milnsbridge, HD3 4LU (map) (Bus numbers 181,182,183,184,185,186, 303, 304, 394 and 395 from Huddersfield stop near here)
    By: Dave Smith
    The 1907 election of Victor Grayson had a seismic effect on the country and the Colne Valley. Equally as shocking was his mysterious disappearance in 1920. The arrival of Victor in the Valley was an explosion of the urban into the rural. Liverpool-born and Manchester-based, and with the support of the radical Manchester set, he brought with him daringly modern ideas of socialism and equality. What lingering traces of Victor survive in the scene of his greatest moment? Did he leave behind evidence of what happened to him when he vanished? What if, just what if, he returned to the Colne Valley when he disappeared and lived out a life of peace and quiet, protected by his friends of ’07? This detective story will lead participants through the Colne Valley on the trail of Victor, making links across the centuries and reflecting on the nature of celebrity, controversy and mystery.

  • workshop: Pick Your Own Landscape
    14.00 and 15.15 Slaithwaite Civic Hall, 15A New Street, Slaithwaite, HD7 5AB (map) (Bus numbers 394, 395 and 396 from Huddersfield stop nearby)
    By: Vicky Ola & Anzir Boodoo
    Use your imagination to cast your own fantasy landscape onto a silk screen using lamplight and shadows. Participants are free to cast a landscape of their own choosing onto a silk screen using shadow blocks and will be prompted to leave a line or two describing why they like it.

    Note: This event runs runs twice, at 2pm and again at 3.15pm

  • walk: Sonic Margins
    14.00 and 15.30 Slaithwaite Civic Hall, 15A New Street, Slaithwaite, HD7 5AB (map) (Bus numbers 394, 395 and 396 from Huddersfield stop nearby)
    By: Victoria Karlsson
    This piece aims to explore the intersections of sound/place/inner experience through a sound walk undertaken by the participants. Using accessible and easy to use equipment such as smartphones and pen and paper, the participants will explore a given area, paying close attention to both outer sounds and environments and also their own inner experience, exploring how listening (both outer and inner) is an essential part of our relationship to the world.

    Note: This event runs twice, at 2pm and again at 3.30pm

  • walk: Time and Motion Studies
    14.30 Slaithwaite Civic Hall, 15A New Street, Slaithwaite, HD7 5AB (map) (Bus numbers 394, 395 and 396 from Huddersfield stop nearby)
    By: Kevin Linnane
    The idea is to conduct a psychogeographical walk directed by chance, guided by the fates or the turn of a tarot card, with each suit designating a direction. The distance travelled will be governed by the sense of a place, when it feels right. The walk will be interrupted at intervals, again dictated by chance, stopping when it feels like the right place to stop and an activity will take place. First will be the reading of a story (mixture of fact and fiction) linked to the activity. Each activity has a mythical slant, such as frottage, divining, and water writing. One person is chosen at the start of the walk, by turn of the cards, to become the dealer and the rest of the group are participants.

  • walk: Threading And Treading the Labyrinth
    14.00 and 15.30 Horsefield, Slaithwaite, HD7 5HP (map) (Bus numbers 394, 395 and 396 from Huddersfield stop nearby)
    By: Sonia Overall and Elspeth Penfold
    The labyrinth creates its own vague terrain: a sacred space in a secular setting; a treading out of inner journeys; a mapping of metaphor. Appearing puzzle-like and perilous, the labyrinth offers the prospect of becoming lost; yet by trusting the winding path, the walker's journey to the centre is guaranteed. Join walking textile artist Elspeth Penfold and psychogeographer Sonia Overall in an exploration of the labyrinth, a temporary vague terrain. Participants will be offered the opportunity to document their experience of walking the labyrinth through the knotting of handmade ropes. The ropes will be attached to a ‘vara’ or textile pole, which becomes a record of the walk. The mnemonic action of knotting ropes while negotiating the vague terrain of the labyrinth opens new possibilities of thinking creatively. Elspeth’s practice explores the relationship between walking, weaving and storytelling. Sonia’s research and teaching includes the use of labyrinths and other embodied approaches to creative writing.

    Note: This event runs twice, at 2pm and again at 3.30pm
    The Horsefield (map) is to the rear of Upper Mills, aka the ‘Be More Outdoors Forest School’ (see walking directions
    NEW Please book your free tickets here. Each walk is limited to 20.

  • walk: The Colne Valley Sculpture Trail
    16.30 Slaithwaite Civic Hall, 15A New Street, Slaithwaite, HD7 5AB (map) (Bus numbers 394, 395 and 396 from Huddersfield stop nearby)
    By: Steve Goldman & Graeme Murrell
    “I am interested less in the wall, and more the area between the sky and the ground”. So says Karen Braithwaite, a land artist who works exclusively in the medium of drystone walling.
    Braithwaite is just one of a range of contemporary artists from around the world who have contributed to Colne Valley’s “Sculpture Trail”. Join curator Graeme Murrell, assisted by Steve Goldman, to walk the trail and respond to the artists and their works. In addition we hope to be asking your assistance to assess potential examination material for local students. (See SculptureTrail.pdf (PDF))

    Note: The walk is limited to 25 people on a first-come first served basis. Please book your free tickets here (via ticketsource).
    The walk will end on Manchester Road, close to the Olive Branch public house (map), from where a frequent bus service can be accessed.

  • walk: Vague Terrain- A Therapeutic Landscape?
    16.30 Slaithwaite Civic Hall, 15A New Street, Slaithwaite, HD7 5AB (map) (Bus numbers 394, 395 and 396 from Huddersfield stop nearby)
    By: Ewan Davidson & Michelle Woodall
    Davidson, Woodall and fellow members of Edinburgh psychogeographers, Drift and Derive, will lead an exploration of the ideas of landscape and therapeutic in vague terrain around Slaithwaite. Participants will be asked to consider their subjective responses to the area in these terms, frame their own landscapes and share their personal resonances, and their thoughts on what might or might not be therapeutic as we drift on towards Marsden.

    Note: The walk is limited to 25 people on a first-come first served basis. Please book your free tickets here (via ticketsource)
    The walk will end in Marsden

  • walk: 2.Walk
    18.45 Marsden Moor Estate Office, Station Rd, Marsden, HD7 6DH (map) (The site is adjacent to Marsden Railway Station and bus numbers 185 and 186 stop nearby)
    By: Irena Pivka & Brane Zorman
    New media sound performance, designed as a sound walk, which the spectator takes on a circular pre-delineated path and follows by means of a mobile app and headphones. With the help of sound images, imprinted into the location of the delineated path, she or he traverses between fictive and real situations. When one is walking a safe, known city path, one finds it hard to imagine that women in some parts of the world do not walk alone - that individual walking is connected with inappropriate, even illicit, behaviour. At this point, the mechanisms of control for safe walking of female individuals enter the picture, in the form of social regulations, which are, and will be in the near future, strengthened by the apparatuses of power, control and capital. Group collective walking, as a revolt and conquering of space, is a reflection of political action. What about individual walking? Can walking, as a personal and conscious choice, be the power of an individual? An intervention into the existing social system? Is it radical to walk? Walking as a possible means of resistance, so much more so when time and space are taken by a woman, a woman who has the social and self-regulating access to the time to walk.

    Note: The walk is limited to 25 people on a first-come first served basis. Please book your free tickets for 2.Walk here (via TicketSource)

  • social: Closing Social Event
    19.00 Riverhead Brewery Tap, Peel St, Marsden (map)
    By: Everyone
    Come join everyone to officially close the Congress at the Riverhead Brewery Tap, 2 Peel St, Marsden. We have the upstairs room booked out for us!

Who is Taking Part?

Alex J Bridger
Psychogeographer and senior lecturer in critical psychology at the University of Huddersfield. Currently writing a book about psychogeography and psychology which is due to be published in 2019. Co-organiser of the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography and the Huddersfield Psychogeographical Network.
Katrina Whitehead
A cross disciplinary artist currently teaching on the Fashion, Communication and Promotion degree programme at the University of Huddersfield in 2017, teaching Fashion Promotion and Creative Writing within the School of Art, Design and Architecture. The focus of Katrina’s research is in the area of community projects including a Creative Scene and Arts Council photography exhibition in Yorkshire and Tunisia, using the power of social media to connect people across the borders, to the history of the textile mill industry.
Andrew Taylor
A senior lecturer and researcher in fashion and textiles. Andrew’s research experiences are integral to and inform his art, design, and learning and teaching practice. Through practice focused research and collaboration with academic and industry partners he uses interactive tools and innovative methods that advance traditional art and design approaches in and and around real spaces, and 3D.
Anna Davidson
Lecturer in human geography at the University of Huddersfield. Her research interests are in the intersections of sustainability and social justice, with a focus on feminist theory.
David Platt
An archaeologist and historian, originally from Greater Manchester in the North of England. He completed degrees in ancient history and archaeology at St David's University College (Coleg Prifysgol Dewi Sant)—now, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant)—and the archaeology and ancient history of disease at University College London's Institute of Archaeology, before re-locating to the United States to earn a PhD in classical archaeology at Stanford. He has worked as a professional field archaeologist, bartender, various kinds of library paraprofessional, and Classics Bibliographer for Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources. From 2009 to 2011, he was a co-director of Binchester Roman Town archaeological excavations. He currently lives in New Jersey, recently completed his Masters of Library and Information Science at Rutgers, and works at Princeton University's Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology.
David Sables
An archaeologist with a deep interest in the politics of heritage and heritage is controlled and presented in an attempt to manipulate the cultural memories that are fundamental to the political make up of class and nation. I am presently researching amongst other things the archaeology of the British miners strike of 1984/85 and how the events of that year are being remembered and the destruction of informal class memories and their replacement with official narratives.
David Upton
Recently retired from civil service / business career. Was studying digital culture and society at King's College London until just before 4WCOP starts, after that harbouring existential angst whilst developing an artistic practice. Founded 'Strand Strollers' psychogeography group.
John Rooney
Teaching Fellow in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at the University of Leeds. Currently working on a practice based typographic PhD, Journeys on the A664.
Kasia Breska
Kasia Breska studied Environmental Science at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Poland, then Fine Art at the Bradford School of Arts. Her research covers diverse fields, from philosophy and geography to architecture, urban design and art to environmental studies then language and its scripts.
Lesley Wood
I am a visual artist working in a range of media, on capturing beauty and meaning in experience of place, looking for the stories which emerge when the boundaries between people and place blur. I am particularly concerned with the impact of gender on 'freedom of movement'.
Martin P Eccles
My practice aims to reflect the experience of my presence in and walking through natural environments. I use a range of methods (predominantly sound and text) to respond to the time, distance, place and space of the landscape. I graduated in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2016 and am currently studying for a PhD (Fine Art) p/t, Newcastle University, October. I have had solo shows/works at: The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle upon Tyne (2015); Fine Art Department, Newcastle University, Watchtower Gallery Berwick upon Tweed (2016); Culture Lab, Newcastle University (2017) and ‘Sound+Environment’, Hull, (2017) and on Framework Radion (2018). I have exhibited in group shows at: Watchtower Gallery Berwick upon Tweed (2014); XL Gallery Newcastle University (2015); Culture Lab, Newcastle University (2016, 2017) and to a group radio broadcast in 2017. I have published work in Alliterati magazine and contributed to various sound projects.
Nazlı Tümerdem
Nazlı Tümerdem is an architect/researcher/walker based in Istanbul. She received her BArch degree from Istanbul Technical University (2008) and MArch degree from Istanbul Bilgi University (2011). She has worked as a research assistant and as an architect between 2011 and 2016. She was part of the project team of Turkish Pavilion in 2016 Architectural Biennale of Venice. Currently, she is completing her PhD (2018) in Istanbul Technical University for which she walks around northern Istanbul.
Sevgi Türkkan
Sevgi Türkkan, architect/researcher, completed her PhD in 2017 “Making and Breaking Authorship, Potentials in Architectural Design Studio” in Istanbul T.U. Faculty of Architecture which she has been working as a lecturer and studio tutor since 2004. Her published work in books, journals and conferences delve mainly in architectural design theory, pedagogy and authorship. She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Columbia GSAPP New York(2009-2010) and a masters exchange student in T.U.Delft(2006).
Roger Boyle
Retired Professor of Computer Science. Beekeeper. Scriptwriter. Stage performer. Sea swimmer. Intermediate [sic] quality bridge and chess player. Amateur, under-educated psychogeographer.
Simon Bradley
I am an ambulant sound artist and oral historian engaged with the exploration of institutional and disciplinary boundaries, borders, and edges of all kinds using a walking-based transdisciplinary methodology I call ‘Displacement Activities’. I developed this approach while working on my doctoral thesis (2016) which centred on the regeneration zone of Holbeck, Leeds. I continue to work with many artists across several locations both within the UK and internationally.
Tony Wade
Tony Wade is a professional artist who specialises in community co-created work. After graduating from Bretton Hall in 1986 Tony Wade has worked across the UK working with communities to explore their surroundings and to respond creatively to it. Tony Wade was Creative Director of Faceless Arts between 1999 and 2017.
Ursula Troche
I write, walk, perform, do life modelling/live art, photography, enjoy space-and edge-exploration - in short: psychogeography. 'Foreigner-in-residence'. Some poems published here and there, the last one '100 minus 10', on the subject of women's suffrage, in the EList (art mag for Walthamstow Borough of Culture), the second-to-last one 'Our Caves' in the newsletter of the Philadelphia Association (RDLaing society). most recent art-projects in Torquay, Shrewsbury, and Belgium's East End.
Darren O'Brien
Darren is a Leicester based visual and sound artist exploring landscape and sensory entanglement. He's currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, following a long and varied career in mental health. His co conspirator, Dexter, is an 8 year old beagle with a passion for walkies and dindins.
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.
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.
Ewan Davidson & Michelle Woodall
A group of psychogeographers working in Edinburgh inspired by a visit to 4WCOP last year. We organise a monthly derive, and exchange links, ideas and ephemera. Kind of like the crowd at the famous Sex Pistols gigs there are not many of us but we ve all formed our own practices (blogging, art , documentary, sound, photography).
Irena Pivka
An artist, scenographer, architect and producer from Slovenia. She works in the areas of new media, sound and performance arts. In recent years, she has been focusing her artistic expressions on the preparations of sound-walk performances (Hodi Mesto, FFF, Walking the Perihelion/Aphelion), which, by means of transmission tools and sound pictures, through walking and listening establish space anew and reflect social reality.
Brane Zorman
A composer, sound and radio artist and producer from Slovenia. His work explores the possibilities of processing, presenting, perceiving, understanding, positioning and reinterpreting sound, space and ecology. By employing analogue and digital technologies and techniques, his work traverses the fields of music, multimedia, and visual space, using both sophisticated and simple tools, strategies, methods, and interactive interpretation models, soundscapes, evolving electronic and acoustic sound sculptures.
Kevin Linnane
Currently I teach photography at University Campus Oldham on a new FdA photography course. I have taught photography video editing and filmmaking at at various educational institutions Previously I have organised workshops in gallery settings with The Turnpike Gallery in Leigh and the Tate Gallery Liverpool as part of their educational programmes. This was a combination of gallery educational workshop and site-specific work in areas in local communities.
Sohail Khan
Sohail Khan has been engaged in making art based processes and products since 1983. His work has a high level of performative quality to it as he comes from a theatre based back ground. He also writes creates film work and music and collaborates with a number of artists on a diverse range of projects. His Live Art has been described as 'challenging', 'threatening,' 'meaningful', and 'delightful' by audiences and participants. Sohail has also worked for the past twenty five years within the applied arts. Currently he works as a freelance drama practitioner /devisor/writer and artistic director for a number of arts/educational organisations in the North developing work that is centered on young people's learning and well being through creative practice. Sohail has also performed at the National Review of Live Art in Glasgow (NRLA) and Spill Festival National Platform in London, as well as having been commissioned for Hull Time Based Arts and Red Gallery
Sonia Overall
Sonia Overall is a writer, psychogeographer and lecturer in Creative Writing. Her research and teaching includes the use of labyrinths and other embodied approaches to creative writing.
Elspeth Penfold
Elspeth Penfold is walking textile artist. Her practice explores the relationship between walking, weaving and storytelling.
Steve Goldman
Steve Goldman has spent the last ten years on a series of bizarre wanderings and other travel and map related activities. He only recently came across the term 'Psychogeography', which pleased him no end because he now finally has an answer to the question 'What the fuck are you doing?'. The result of some of his endeavours are collected on
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.
Vicky Ola & Anzir Boodoo
Vicky Ola (Artist / Psychologist) and Anzir Boodoo (Urban Geographer / Maker) have frequently worked together to illustrate scientific and environmental concepts using a wide variety of media. The work, whether with researchers and scientists or with the wider public generally promotes mental well being in relation to the environment. Workshops and Installations and have been described as, “both informative and fun.”
Victoria Karlsson
A sound artist interested in the emotional and subjective aspects of sound and art. Investigating sound as both an inner and outer experience, she explores how we think about, remember, dream about sounds, and how this influences our experiences of sounds in our everyday. She is currently undertaking a PhD Research Degree at University of the Arts, London. Her research investigates sounds in thoughts, asking if we hear sounds in our minds, what they mean to us and where they come from.

About The Congress

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

What is Psychogeography?

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

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

History of the World Congress

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

For more details about the first World Congress check out the following links:



Phil Wood
Alex Bridger
Tim Waters @tim_waters
David Smith Heritage Quay

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