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BS: Rewilding psychogeography.

05 Nov 15 - 06:09 AM (#3748662)
Subject: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: theleveller

As a change from poetry on by blog, here's an article I wrote about that fascinating but far-reaching and imprecise activity, psychogeography.

Rewilding Psychogeography


05 Nov 15 - 09:30 AM (#3748705)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: GUEST,DrWord

Thanks, Pete. Good read.
dennis


05 Nov 15 - 09:48 AM (#3748708)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: Uncle_DaveO

I was puzzled by the word "psychogeography".
I read the essay within the linked site, and
came to the opinion that what's being referred
to would better be renamed. (More on that below)

As I understand it, the first two syllables
modify the noun following. But I don't think
the essay's direction is really about that.
The writer seems really to refer to the influence of
geographical features on the human psyche.

Thus, I think the better word for the phenomenon
would be "geopsychology".

YMMV.

Dave Oesterreich


05 Nov 15 - 10:50 AM (#3748716)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: Will Fly

Ian Sinclair is one of my favourite writers in this field - I have most of his books, including "Lights Out For The Territory" and "London Orbital". Interesting, if sometimes rather dense, reading.


05 Nov 15 - 11:09 AM (#3748720)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: theleveller

Thanks Dennis.

Dave, I know what you mean - even Debord admitted that it's a vague concept and, to my mind, an artificial one that has existed under other names (or without a name) for millennia. I prefer the term 'phenomenology'but so much has been written under the name of phsychogeography that I have to use that as a starting point.

Will, agree with you about Iain Sinclair - interesting and, at times, a little irritating.


05 Nov 15 - 11:40 AM (#3748729)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: DMcG

Unfortunately phenomenonology is already a word for something else that is not necessarily anything to do with geography so it would be really confusing to pick that word.


05 Nov 15 - 01:23 PM (#3748753)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: theleveller

I was thinking in the context of phenomenology of landscape, as in Christopher Tilley's book of that name.


05 Nov 15 - 06:26 PM (#3748805)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: Paul Burke

"Gypsia meaning to spring into life..". where did you get that from? Leodan, springen, wridian, alan, there were lots of words for growth, but that's not one of them according to the Old English Translator (I'm not claiming any scholarship other than theirs). I'd guess that the last part of the word is 'ea' or 'eg' with a Swedish G, water, You'd need an early form of it to make any sensible comment though.

I'm torn between enjoying the sense of deep history and the potential to mythologise it or even make it a shibboleth. I doubt if those rural contemporaries of Joseph Arch who didn't have the choice of village or city would have felt that the harmony of the countryside was trying to include them. Most poets of that era were of that comfortable class that has the choice of when they get up in the morning.


06 Nov 15 - 11:34 AM (#3748930)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: Mrrzy

I keep reading this thread as starting with the word Bewildering.


07 Nov 15 - 10:44 AM (#3749073)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: GUEST,Anon

Solastalgia   And now psychogeography. Curiouser and curiouser.


08 Nov 15 - 09:39 AM (#3749240)
Subject: RE: BS: Rewilding psychogeography.
From: GUEST,#

Short essay about it here. (Actually there, but that's here nor . . . .)