the meaning of living in a city

Psy-Geo-Conflux 2003 marks the inauguration of an annual event dedicated to current artistic and social investigations in psychogeography. Part festival and part conference, it brings together visual and sound artists, writers, and urban adventurers to explore the physical and psychological landscape of the city.

In 1955, Guy Debord defined psychogeography as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.” (An Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography). It has also been summarized as “the active search for, and celebration of, chance and coincidence, concurrently with the divination of patterns and repetitions thrown up by the [meeting/collision] of the chaos and structures of cities, personal histories and interpretations. It is based on the technique of the “derive,”an informed and aware wandering, with continuous observation, through varied environments. It can be sought and can lead anywhere.” (Psychogeography: a working definition) context