Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography

4th World Congress of Psychogeography 7th-8th September 2018.
The Call for Proposals is now open!

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Call for Proposals Open!

The call for proposals is now open. You have until May 20th to submit your ideas for this years Congress. To give us your proposal, please visit and enter in the details via this Google Form.

For more inspiration, you can look at previous years Congresses including watching the videos of the sessions from 2017, and listen to the RTE Radio show about the Congress

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Video Recordings from the 2017 Congress

Indoor talks in the main auditorium were streamed and recorded live on Friday and Saturday, and you can watch them here:
Friday Video Recordings
Saturday Video Recordings

NEW RTE Inside Culture about the Congress

The Irish national radio station’s RTE 1 Inside Culture show featured the World Congress, interviewing a number of participants and covering a wide range of things, amongst a rather good show about Psychogeography in general. If you were at the Congress you might have met and chatted with Regan. Sonia Overall, Morag Rose, Gareth Rees, Kevin Boniface and Barbara Lounder were featured, as well as the voices of Graeme Murrell and Dave Smith are heard.
RTE Inside Culture
RTE Inside Culture on Sound Cloud

2018

The Fourth World Congress was never formally closed in plenary, so it will resume in 2018 - watch this space

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About The Congress

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

What is Psychogeography?

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

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

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

History of the World Congress

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

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

Contact

Organisers

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

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