Tuesday, May 19, 2009

S.I.-Psychogeographic Map

Another assignment from the Situationist International Class-this one was a "Psychogeographic Map" of NYC. For those out of the loop, Psychogeography, as defined by wiki, is: "Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as the "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." Another definition is "a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities...just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape." The most important of these strategies is the dérive." I did an animation consisting of "futuristic utopias" of the past, quotes from S.I. writings and photoshop montages juxtapositioning S.I. aesthetic influences with our current predicaments. The score is an original song by my good friend, Steve Greitzer (a.k.a. Moonbase Alpha).

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