A group of avante-garde artists and activists lead by Guy Debord, that went on to become a radical political organization, keen to overthrow what it saw as predominantly bourgeois nature of Western Society. They are credited with the branding and definitions for numerous terms associated pyscho-geography.
Pyscho-geography – ” the study of specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviors of individuals.”
Derive – “a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society, a technique of transient passage through varied ambiances.”
Detournment – ” the integration of past and present artistic production into a superior construction of a milieu. Within the old cultural spheres is a method of propaganda, a method which testifies to the wearing out and the loss of importance of these spheres.”
“we have moved into the age of the stalker, journeys made with intent – sharp eyed and unsponsored. The stalker was our role model; purposed hiking, not dawdling, or browsing. No time for the savoring of reflections in shop windows, admiration for the Art Nouveau ironwork, attractive match boxes rescued from the gutter. This was walking with a thesis. With a prey … the stalker is stroller with sweat, a stroller who knows where he is going, but not why or how.”
“pysco-geography could set for itself the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environments, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviors of individuals. The adjective pysco-geographical, retaining a rather pleasing vagueness, can thus be applied to the findings arrived at by this type of investigation, to their influence on human feelings, and even more generally to any situation or conduct that seems to reflect the same spirit of discovery.”
” empathy is the nature of the intoxication to which the flaneur abandons himself in the crowd. He enjoys the incomparable privilege of being himself and someone else as he sees fit. Like a roving soul in search of a body, he enters another person whenever he wishes.” Inspired by the books of George Simmell, who noted that the relationship between a cities members are more influenced by the activity of the eye, rather then that of the ear.