Psychogeographic mapping is a strategy developed by the Situationist International group. The map is a manifestation of a Dérive, an emergent process to reimagine the urban environment that envelops our every thought and action. It is an activity in following the senses, becoming aware of patterns and connections, and discovering the relationships that have been lost through the spectacle. Our psychogeographic mapping has been an exercise in identifying signifiers of recuperation and commodity fetishsism.

One of the largest challenges I came across when beginning my process of psychogeographic mapping was how to divorce myself from my previous notion of what constituted a map to develop a new framework in which to create. We were pushed to use the formal language of the map to break away from it, creating a non-linear cartographic representation of psychogeographic hot spots. The nature of the Dérive is to see the city through a new lense and to bring attention to the things that seem to pass through the cracks of perception. In my opinion, the resulting psychogeographic map must have a kind of playfulness to it.

California College of the Arts, MFA Design
2D Topics Studio: Media Matters with Geoff Caplan and Ignacio Valero


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