moving passively, aimlessly, or involuntarily.
a practice of defamiliarisation and choice of encounters.
a sense of incompleteness and ephemarality.
“Walking is the best way to explore and exploit the city; the changes, shifts, breaks in the cloud helmet, movement of light on water. Drifting purposefully is the recommended mode, trampling asphalted earth in alert reverie, allowing the fiction of an underlying pattern to assert itself.”
Iain Sinclair, Lights Out for the Territory
Developmental capitalism and its subsequent commercial constructs result in a carving up of light, time and space. Private structures impose upon public space a form of navigatory control, dictating directions of travel upon respective individual citizens and society at large.
In the early 1950s, decades before the neoliberal capitalism of today, Guy Debord and the Situationist International cohort of avant-garde artists and theorists alike, recognised this form of behavioural coercion as ‘Psychogeography.’ Inspired by Baudelaire’s idea of the ‘flâneur’, the ‘urban wanderer’, Debord and his peers actively sought to create a counter-movement centred around the idea of dérivement or ‘drifting’.
Adopting this method of travel around commercial construction sites in Cardiff, I am attempting to engage in a process of reclamation of space, to allow for the opportunity to happen upon these chance encounters myself.
Compiling observational images of the built environment, processes of construction and the individuals that navigate such spaces, the body of work is a visual study which considers and illustrates these psychogeographic forces of control at play as evidenced within the city space.