Invisible Cities: Literary Psychogeographies at Play
The event will begin indoors (exhibition space/café?) with a short description and history of literary psychogeography, taking in figures such as Iain Sinclair, Peter Ackroyd, Thomas DeQuincey, Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, William Blake, Arthur Machen, Edgar Allen Poe, Daniel Defoe, Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Alan Moore and JG Ballard. We will then head off to explore the transformative power of the imagination to make the mundane magical. Reading the streets like an obfuscated text, we will discover signs and portents, ghosts hidden in plain sight and in doing so, reinvent the city in a new poetic vision. With the city become story, the genius loci is evoked and brings the unseen (and unbelievable!) to light. Out of cracks in the pavement and from scrawlings on the walls come clues to a puzzle of our own making. Once familiar roads now trace urban ley lines and landmarks focus telluric currents like acupuncture pins in our mental maps. With our sense of reality disrupted, echoes of past, future and the fantastical provide a novel understanding of the city and our place in it. The event to close back at PHM with a discussion of the outcomes of the derive(s).