In today’s society, we all view the world through consumerism. Following technology blindly, we fail to separate the virtual from the actual. The concept of psychogeography, however, invites us to explore and interact with our urban environments, detached from our devices.
Originating in the 1800s, the idea of ‘flaner’ meant to stroll or wander without a specific purpose. ‘Flaner’ was the product of the middle class in the post-industrialism period. Well-dressed upper and middle class men began wandering the streets, feeding off of the sensory data that would appear before them. Those who were exposed to ‘flaner’ became spectators of their city moved by a notion of freedom.
Psychogeography developed from the concept of ‘flaner’. We pick up resonances and feelings from certain spaces, but we cannot quite pinpoint why, nor do we know how to describe it. Psychogeography places an emphasis on drifting – much like the concept of ‘flaner’. It emphasises unplanned exploring; the wandering of one to explore and interact with the terrain and circumstances before them.