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Practical Psychogeography Workshop - Walking the City in Curious Ways

Photo School Birmingham

Monday, 16 September 2013 from 16:30 to 21:00 (BST)

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Psychogeography is one of "those" terms. Annoyingly undefined and often rejected by the very people associated with it, it refuses to go away, cropping up whenever the relationship between people and place is pondered. 

The literature of Psychogeography can seem willfully obscure. Many have eagerly opened an Iain Sinclair book only retire crying in defeat, and what was Stewart Home on about exactly? Then there's the French and all that Flaneurism with tortoises and revolution. Seems like a lot of fuss to make about going for a nice walk.

During this workshop we'll look at some of the key ideas that make up Psychogeography, from Enlightenment London through 19th Century Paris and the 60s Situationalists to the recent Millenial musings of Iain Sinclair, Will Self, Stewart Home and Bill Drummond. 

There's a lot of ideas in there so having stroked our chins for a bit we'll quickly dive into the practical side of things, chopping up maps, scribbling on the walls and dreaming up new ways of navigating the city. And then we'll get out into the streets and put these ideas to the test. Finally we'll return to base for food and to talk about what just happened and make plans for the future. 

As befits the subject matter the aims of this workshop are deliberately loose but we hope you'll come away with the following:

  • A deeper understanding of where Psychogeography came from and what it might be useful for.
  • New ways of looking and appreciating the city you live and work in. 
  • An inability not to notice the curious. 
  • The warm glow of a fun evening well spent.

The workshop is limited to 10 people and will be led by artist/curator Cathy Wade who brings a deep academic understanding of the theories and ideas of Psychogeography, and photographer/artist/teacher Pete Ashton of Photo School who brings an urgent desire to lock this stuff down and make it useful. 

We are hosted by A3 Project Space, a relatively new gallery on the edgelands of Digbeth which will be empty during the workshop so we can do what we like, and the event is part of the Still Walking Festival Fringe.

Ticket prices cover the cost of materials. 

If you have any questions please get in touch with Pete.

Do you have questions about Practical Psychogeography Workshop - Walking the City in Curious Ways? Contact Photo School Birmingham

When & Where

A3 Project Space
Bowyer Street
B10 Birmingham
United Kingdom

Monday, 16 September 2013 from 16:30 to 21:00 (BST)

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