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Headmap

Seems like everyone is talking about Headmap. It’s a pretty cool project, compiling research on how “location aware devices” can be used for social change. There’s a lot of information on this site, but I have a hard time reading the tiny, light grey font and the lack of text formatting makes the material hard to scan. Still, they’re doing well to compile large amounts of theory regarding place, magick, and technology. They’ve built a prototype of what they’re talking about, but it’s still very rough. So far it’s basically a map with links to web pages that deal with the places on the map. I think Hiptop Nation is more interesting right now, and it isn’t even trying to be any sort of revolutionary psychogeography tool.

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Update: The Headmap site is gone, but I’ve preserved the Headmap Manifesto here

Psychogeography Talk

From a talk by someone with Social Fiction:

Perhaps you remember the main character in Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger who commits a murder for now other reason than the way the ocean reflects the sun in his eyes. This is a very clear & powerful example of a psychogeographical effect, an effect that can be consciously engineered in the composition of the city.

William Burroughs tried to expose subliminal messages in newspapers by chopping them up, psychogeography as a city space cut-up does the new thing: it tries to find out what’s out there, encrypted beneath the surface, by navigating through it in unusual ways.

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See Also:

Introduction to Psychogeography

Two Reads on Psychogeography

The Headmap Manifesto

Introduction to Psychogeography

OK, one more “intro.” This one’s a web presentation on psychogeography:

“Psychogeography could set for itself the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.” – Guy Debord

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See also:

Two Reads on Psychogeography

The Headmap Manifesto

China MiƩville Lays the Smack Down on Psychogeography

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