An Introduction To Psychogeography: The Art Of Exploring
0 comment Tuesday, May 13, 2014 |

Whilst studying Fine Art at Leeds College Of Art, I went along with my course friend to a few Leeds Psychogeography Group meetings.
Psychogeography is defined as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." source.
So, in other words, the study of environment and how it makes us feel. A mix of art and geography that can be both playful and academic.
The concept of psychogeography is important to an artist, as responding to a given environment is necessary for any working artist. For example; hanging work in a gallery, scoping out space for an installation, creating the right setting for video art.
If you'd like to practise Psychogeography, here are some ideas for places to start:
- How To Become An Explorer Of The World : Portable Life Museum
Two weeks ago, I found a great book by Keri Smith which instructs you to collect things you have found and document your surroundings. This is a great basic Psychogeography book which may lead on to more fascinating things.
- Geocaching
See if you can find evidence of Geocaching happening in your area.
"Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online."
- View the work of Tina Richardson and her blog Particulations

- Take A Boundary Walk
One evening in Summer 2010, I took part in a "Beating The Bounds" walk with the Leeds Psychogeography group.
A member of the Psychogeography group designed a map based on the designated drinking areas in Leeds City Centre. We then were able to walk following the boundaries of the map, clutching alcoholic drinks, and seeing if we would attract the attention of the police.
We didn't get fined or told off, but it was fun.
- Read "Psychogeography" by Will Self
Will Self is a noted psychogeographer, and this book is a collection of visual essays that he wrote for The Independent.
"Ranging from the Scottish Highlands to Istanbul and from Morocco to Ohio, Will Self's engaging and disturbing vision is perfectly counter pointed by Ralph Steadman's edgy and beautiful artwork."
- Project 365
One of the most important things about Psychogeography, is to explore and to notice.
Personally, I have found that committing to taking a picture every day has helped me to find beauty and interest in my immediate surroundings.
You can see my 365 Project for 2009 here, and 2011 here.

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