Saturday, August 4, 2012

Something cheerier: psychogeography

"Psychogeography" is a new word to me. Ran into it yesterday courtesy of UK Twitter posters Matt Barnes (@liminalcity) and Tina Richardson (@concretepost), in turn via Luke Bennett (@LukeBennett13). All seem versed in a British flavor of what I would have called landscape history, but with aesthetic and Situationist elements thrown in. This post being a summary -- suggestion included that it isn't so much practiced in the U.S., or not at such a high profile. Rebecca Solnit being a counterexample who comes to mind if I'm understanding this stuff right.

Tina Richardson says to read Merlin Coverley's Psychogeography. Old Net friend @OneEyedAlmanac says to read Iain Sinclair's Lights Out for the Territory. Tina says in answer to my question that, yes, the genre could include John Hanson Mitchell, author of Ceremonial Time, about the very long history of a single square mile in Massachusetts.

Wow. Whole new world.

Seems like it could apply very definitely to aspects of the project I've been incubating half a lifetime about the Tule Lake incarceration camp site and the mean streaks in its longer-term history.

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