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10Aug/12Off

Psychogeography with Beth Wilson

Texts for signage at HFA sheds

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL
CONSULTATIONS
Organize your own narrative of time, space,
place and history with the assistance of amateur
psychogeographer and occasional pataphysician
Beth E. Wilson, A.B., M.A., M.Phil

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY. A term that has become strangely familiar -- strange
because,
despite the frequency of its usage, no one seems quite able to pin down exactly
what
it means or where it comes from.

According to Guy Debord (whose opinion on the matter is hardly the only
possible
one), psychogeography is defined as ‘The study of specific effects of the
geographical
environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of
individuals.’
And yet it partakes of ‘a pleasing vagueness’, perhaps an appropriate openness
given the disparate experiences of time and place offered by various locales.
Historically, psychogeography has been most closely linked to the cities of Paris
and
London; here, we seek to establish a beach-head for it in Washington, D.C., a
city of
many faces.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE
1) Peruse the images & quotes made available,
relating them to your own experience and
thoughts;
2) Request any desired clarifications or
information from the consultant;
3) Select 5-7 cards (or create new ones, as

needed) to construct your own psychogeographical
narrative. Think of this as organizing
your own, unique mental walking tour;
4) Submit your concatenation to be punched
and finalized by the consultant.
All narratives are welcome.
Make the place and the history your own!!

Link to Word Document version of the text.