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Ralph Rumney Talk, Square Chapel, Halifax
Mon 12 December 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 GMT
A first call to RIBA members and psychogeographers to meet to discuss a local psychogeography of dyeworks. Derek Hales will talk on the first psychogeographic study of Venice for which Ralph Rumney planned to dye the Venice Lagoon ‘a bright colour’. Ralph Rumney, whose childhood years were spent in Halifax invented the London Psychogeographical Committee in order for it to be one of the founding organisations of the Situationist International (SI) in 1957. The talk presents Rumney’s photostory of his study The Leaning Tower of Venice undertaken for the SI, a study that was never published by the SI: he was expelled for being late with his report. Guy Debord’s article for the SI said that “Venice Has Conquered Ralph Rumney.”
A reference selection of psychogeographic texts is currently available at the Hebden Bridge Public LIbrary.
The talk precedes a meeting of the Calderdale Branch of RIBA Yorkshire, other members and guests are very welcome.
Square Chapel, Halifax Monday 12th December, 18.30.