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A running dérive through psychogeography

G.-E. Debord, The Naked City: Illustration de l’hypothe´ se [sic] des plaques tournantes en psychogeographique [sic] (1957), originally bound into Asger Jorn, Pour la Forme (Paris: Internationale situationniste, 1958) (Map: RKD, The Hague.

This article is meant to set the historical context for what will follow–a series of articles about running a dérive, today.

This article is about running. This article is also about adding a Relationally Antagonistic Aesthetic twist to running. And finally this article is about running an alternative version of the Situationist International’s concept of the dérive .

The dérive or drift is an activity related to exploring the Psychogeography of the urban environment.

…avoid the consumeristic mood, by running away from it, along side of it–run unmediated–immediately in any direction–towards the free solicitation of desire.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Situationist International, or the terms psychogeography, dérive or drift or with Guy Debord’s phrase Society of the Spectacle (or simply the Spectacle), I begin this article with paraphrased and copied excerpts  from various articles, essays and books, in my collection to preface a background history for you on the subject of this article: Running as an relational alternative to analyzing Psychogeography.

Let’s cut to the chase (pun intended).

“Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”

Another definition has to do with the metaphorical “toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities…just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape.”

“Psychogeography was originally developed by the *Lettrist International in the journal Potlach– the originator of what became known as Unitary Urbanism. Psychogeography, and the term ** dérive was first used by Ivan Chtcheglov, in his highly influential 1953 essay “Formulaire pour un urbanisme nouveau”  (“Formulary for a New Urbanism”). The Lettrists‘ reimagining of the city has connections to predecessors like the Dadaist and Surrealists, while the idea of urban wandering relates to the older concept of the flâneur, theorized by Charles Baudelaire.”

*Both, members of the Lettrist International and the Situationist International who participated in the psychogeographical practice known as the dérive are referred to as Unitary Urbanist. Also, members of the Lettrist International would eventually split off to form the International Situationist

**The term dérive translates into English as drift or drifting

The Unitary Urbanist, superseded Charles Baudelair’s “gentleman stroller of city streets” who walked the streets to taste and experience the mood of the city, as gentleman critic and reflecting consumer.

The Unitary Urbanist’s approach sought to intensify its critique of the city beyond the mere consuming peripatetic stroller. “It demanded the rejection of functional, euclidean values in architecture,” such as “form follows function” as well rejected the separation between art and its surroundings, or art from daily life. The implication of these two negations attempts to nullify the strategic power of modern urban design, and its seemlier fixation with maintaining strategic hold on alienating flows of commerce or perpetuating a continuous flow of alienating social relations.

So it goes today, still, that like the Unitary Urbanist we too seek to intervene and “corrupt one’s ability to identify where “function” ends and “play” (the “ludic“) begins, resulting in what the Lettrist International and the Situationist International believed to be the utopian foundation–where one is spontaneously free to constantly explore free of determining factors.

“Cities have a psychogeographical relief, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes which strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones”–such as Gated communities, barricades, boundaries, territories, easements or walls that segregate or contain.

Railroad track split at NE 71st Street, Miami.

“Rooted in Urban sociology– “This is the city has been explored by scholars like Georg Simmel (1997 [1903]), Walter Benjamin (1999) and many others….As well Henri Lefebvre (1991), and Michel de Certeau (1984), along with other “theorists and artists who have been inspired by the concept of psychogeography — have all asked in their different ways, how are social forces and relations crystallized in the fabric, institutions, and encounters of the city? And how is that external reality then transcribed onto the interiority of modern experience? The history of the word suggests that, if anywhere, it is between the two that the city exists.”

Linked to Psychogeography is the Spectacle:

Spectacle: “The spectacle is not a collection of images,” Debord writes. “rather, it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images.” [commodified social relationships]

The commodity can only be understood in its undistorted essence when it becomes the universal category of society as a whole.” – Georg Lukacs

The spectacle is the moment when the commodity has attained the total occupation of social life. The relation to the commodity is not only visible, but one no longer sees anything but it: the world one sees is its world. Modern economic production extends its dictatorship extensively and intensively.” – Guy Debord

“Stairway to the spectacular,” demolition on NW 71st Street, Miami.

Running a Dérive / Drifting in the Psychogeographical:

The Situationist International attempted to analyze the totality of everyday life through the use of the dérive. Debord and his comrades, made enthusiastic use of the dérive (drift), to discover how the psyche is influenced or affected by urban geography and its material milieu–an analogy to this study of environmental influences is the study of how language affects the psyche through psychoanalysis. Various districts in Paris became the laboratory for this new form of theoretical psychic analysis–its place for praxis.

Graffiti Canyon, on the railroad easement starting below NE 79th Street, Miami.

By reading beyond the limited scope of this article one will find in the Situationist archive  [ ] that the dérive was practiced concurrently, along side other critical art practices such as Detourning maps, paintings, photo imagery, film and so on. As well the Situationist also staged other artful in situ political interventions.

Complimenting the Situationist critique of urban psychogeography was the lesser known Situationist International practice of creating uniquely ludic (playful) situations. This practice attempted to create alternative situations that would invoke inchoate and ambiguous experimental social Situations as tactical reactions to the strategic power of urban design and its powerful tendency to maintain the self-perpetuating urbanization of petrified life. These creative practices were limited only by the temporal nature of constructing micro utopian “situations” in already existing urban spaces.  [intentionally, examples of these constructed situations were left to survive only as oral history...little written record exist in the archive of the successes or failures of these created situations]…

The idea of undocumented work still survives as a strategy to avoid the inevitable recreation of works that lead to re-presentation which in turn leads to the commodification of art and to the commodification of social relations. This being antithetical to the theory of creating unique situations, which in theory is antithetical to consumerism–which is pretty much the corner stone of Situationist critique.

“Towering Triangular Absence”

The International Situationist idea of creating situations have inspired many contemporary artist–Dave Mckenzie and Tino Sehgal come to mind. McKenzie sometimes plays with the idea of not documenting work as does Tino Sehgal…as well both artist practice a similar project inspired by the Situationist and other avant-garde groups such as the Fluxus whose program works at the manipulation of existential psychic phenomenon — ambiance and mood.

In the spirit of the Situationist International, Tino Sehgal’s practice entails what he calls the making of “constructed situations”…such is an example of the desire to create alternatives to the existing urbanization of ‘petrified life’…even if the ‘petrified lifers’ happen to be the one’s asked to question the institutionalization of spacial and social relations as passive drifters through the Guggenheim Museum (which Sehgal managed to drain in 2010–replacing its static volumes with temporalizing forms of performative dialogue and desire to create new and undocumentable improv in place of the existing so called ‘petrified life(r)’ Museum.

From this theoretical analysis of existing urbanization to the creation of alternative situations emerged the greater urgency and perspective, that the study of existential affections such as mood and ambiance, are what better informs the totality of urbanization…. This promised a more intensive chase to the heart of the matter. Rather than the traditional seemlier attraction of architectural academia, a much larger totality was in view as it seemed more fecund to study the relational totality in the Heideggerian sense, than the limited relational encounters of occupied, enclosed space. The study of urban mood and ambience, would unfold and mutate into unpredictable views of temporal formations fixed in spontaneity and ludic conviviality–the goal being the examination of existing social relations that might lead to the creation of positively charged ambient situations–antithetical to their previously described methodical analysis of existing urban ambiance or atmosphere. Nicolas Bourriaud references these situationally inspired temporal manipulations in his anthology titled: Relational Aesthetics, pages: 9, 12,19, 85, 95, 113.

“Not The Concept House Again”

For this group of radicals, exploring Parisʼs psychogeography, was the study of changing ambiance (which I have argued on the Situationist list blog, similar to Heideggerian moods); ambiance = moods of the city. The City has moods that are akin to weather. This weather is the expression of various nuanced social factors as well as its edifying architectural and artefactual support. These micro climates are the neighborhoods, the business districts, the industrial centers, the entertainment centers, the railroad easements, deserted areas, fractured localized space, the overlapping of each, etc or the borders and interstices where social and cultural marginalization flourish. The degree to which this local totality varies has to do with the accumulation of personalities, cultural capital and economic capital or lack there of–whether by accident or by strategic design. Discovering all this is to experience the totality of tacit knowing–and to feasibly articulate and share this knowledge would be at best the explicit sharing of representational fragments of archival trace as one comes to the realization of how limiting explicit knowledge really is.

“7th Avenue Mega Pawning”

This Ambiance or mood divides the city into zones with different psychic atmospheres affect consciously or unconsciously the wandererʼs emotions and perceptions-thus the affect of urban mood effects the body or social bodies psychically as well as psychically those participants in the dérive

Human geography and urban sociology:

Running solo or in a group is to take this notion of the dérive or drift and delineate it as an act that people can do alone or in groups without much experience–we are also capable of performing across cultural or class divides rather than remaining focused on the performative rituals and traits that bind us culturally or collectively, seeking identity. It is for the sake of maintaining critical distance that we must be careful not to slip back into the discourses of collective identity or the fixed community that is bound to the geography we explore–lest we loose that critical gaze and return to the experience of every day life (petrified life).

“The discovery of hidden or blatant power relations is at the heart of psychogeographical practices.” Yet the intention is not simply to be able to describe our environment in different ways, instead it is to release our real desires and aspirations upon the environment.” Running gives us this edge, partly because we are already forced to carefully articulate every step along the way.

Underlying the study of psychogeography is a project to uncover underlying desires that are blocked from gaining real expression by commerce and the representations of  suppressive strategies that leverage freedom. These strategies source the fountain head of alienation which intern focus our desires toward fetishized (or commodified) desirables–to remedy this consumeristic influence we need to rediscover needs that directly tie us to reality by reinvesting natural desires into places where we consider the artificial relationship between the social and the personal to be unsustainable–between the visible and the emotional, limiting–and to avoid the capitalistic narcissistic guilt of never enough or not good enough.

Iain Sinclair wrote about London’s psychogeography: “Walking has been the normal 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, tramping asphalted earth in alert reverie, allowing the fiction of an underlying pattern to reveal itself [...] noticing everything. Alignments of telephone kiosks, maps made from the moss on the slopes of Victorian sepulchres, collections of prostitutes’ cards, torn and defaced promotional bills for cancelled events at York Hall, visits to the homes of dead writers, bronze casts on war memorials, plaster dogs, beer mats, concentrations of used condoms, the crystalline patterns of glass shards surrounding an imploded BMW quarter-light window [...] Walking, moving across a retreating townscape, stitches it all together: the illicit cocktail of bodily exhaustion and a raging carbon monoxide high.” (1997, page 4)

“Ian’s Dandy Flâneur”

Another way to investigate urban psychogeography is just to mosey around while running with no pre-planned expectations. However, a map can add a birds eye view to an area or territory and its borders so that a territory and its distance can safely be estimated [a runner needs a sense of distance to be traveled to avoid the possibility of injury--from overdoing it]. I sometimes look at Google Earth on my computer before I begin so that I can get a better idea of how far I want to go–or which neighborhood or part of the city borders where…For instance if you are new to running, you don’t want to go too far at first because you may injure your knees, feet, tendons etc, if not in good enough shape.

By using Google Earth you can zoom in to see what obstacles may be in the way. Once you have viewed an area from a bird’s eye view or from “Google street view” the actual real ground view becomes a bit like Déjà vu–once you are actually running, holding the memory in mind–if the terrain has not changed from the time that the images were taken, as often happens.

This is running a dérive, or running an urban drift. Let yourself be delighted by running the terrain as something new! Get to know a place in a different way than you did before, and remember that the difference is running not walking.

As you run you will have unusual encounters with signs, architecture, artifacts, debris on the street or empty spaces etc. Alley ways, dogs, clouds, underpasses, storefronts, bus stands, puddles, sea walls or canals, bad drivers…all that come before you will be seen anew. Rivers, lakes, streams or the ocean will solicit as well as other pedestrians, and runners will all seem oddly estranged and you will likely imbue them with new significance.

Running is stepping outside the mediation of the spectacle. Running confirms a quick escape from commodified routes and more importantly running is an exercise in pre-capitalistic intrigue–its primitivism in the 21st century.

“High Voltage Oven By the Tracks”

Look at each image attached to this article and imagine it in relation to you running alone or with others. A large disconnected electrical box next to rail road tracks becomes an oven; a homeless persons accommodations might not look so uncomfortable and advertisement signage may look pointless as will a blank bill board look a lot more wonderfully post-consumerist.

“Student of Life, Savannah Rules” NW 79th street underpass at 7th Avenue, Miami.

Running causes the cardiovascular system to quicken and as a result, the body to breathe quicker. Like a kind of fast paced meditation, this breathing (or panting) is a key to letting go of outside influences–letting go of that which a moment ago may have informed you. The quickened body tells you directly what it needs and feels. As the body’s metabolism quickens, so quicken the senses. You see quicker, you step quicker, and you experience yourself and the environment quicker, more intensely as you go….

An activity as simple as running or jogging is as old as humanity itself. It is pre-capital, hence pre-spectacle. Running is running down something or running is running in fear. Running for the sake of running is surely running toward good health. Also most important to our resolute act of running is that running is running after chance. For it’s the chance encounter that I find most interesting and serendipitous.

Lately I have been running at least 6 miles a day in the heat of Miami. Let me tell you from experience that an unmediated gain comes quickly from the immediate experience of heat…dehydration comes quickly too. At the end of my run I have a large glass of Ice water waiting at my studio right along side the garden hose. When I run up the last short bit of driveway and grab that ice cold glass of water, the furthest thing from my thoughts is the desire for a branded substitute… No corporate swill at this point, only a clear clean glistening glass of cool unadulterated water please.

The dérive: Its not a competition…it is rather a call to run if you can, walk if have to, or role into a drift in a wheel chair if that’s what gets you around (an all terrain chair would be most versatile) Age shouldn’t matter either, if it does then a bicycle or an adult tricycle will work…an auto will do so will a boat, or kayak if you want to travel in the canals– a dérive(ing) or drifting Imagination will ultimately do fine too.

1.  Our dérive begins at a predetermined location and will proceed through a predetermined area of the city for an estimate-able amount of time or distance (depending of course on the physical endurance of the group (or its lesser member if necessary)

2.   We are encouraged to bring along a camera, note paper and pencil as well as water if you think you might need it. (Watering holes can be found en route too)

3.  To begin the dérive we run or jog a pace that suits the group and if necessary smaller groups can break off from the main group in case some participants want to speed up or slow down the drift.

4.  Everyone is encouraged to discover things along the way that can be photographed or discussed. Recording and documenting is encouraged.

5.  When one wants to photograph something then that persons group can stop or keep going.

6.  When someone stops to photograph or examine a curiosity, without stopping the group then that person will catch back up to the group.

7.  If during the dérive people get separated then a final meeting place can be arranged for all to reunite at the end of the run.

8.  At the conclusion of the event everyone will join up at a predetermined location or the group may choose another destination while running in the dérive. At the end everyone will share experiences, notes and digital imagery.

9.  It is advised to read other articles about training oneself for running especially if running is new to you.

Please feel free to add suggestions to the list above, nothing is set in stone and the dérive will be as flexible and vary as much as necessary in order to expand the concept of the dérive.

Miami, Psychogeographical society.

Richard Haden.



1. Various unlisted paraphrased expropriations…from my collection.

2.  Real Cities Modernity, Space and the Phantasmagorias of City Life, Steve Pile.

3. Actual Running.


“Chlorine Station by the Way”


“Oh Lazarus”

“Welcome to Little River and Little Haiti”

“Cement Crop Circle”

“Private Property”

“Church For Lease”

“Coming Soon”

“Running Drifter Passing Through”

This post was contributed by Richard Haden.


  • Kitten Mic

    well, I admit that if I were a newbie I would easier get contextualization or introduction to psychogeography on wikipedia. This is not a compliment to this post’s author, but in some cases wikipedia is not that cheap thing.

  • Richard Haden

    To whom ever this concerns,

    Lets look at the situation closer. I originally posted this pre-published article on the “Situationist list”, as well I gave notice to the Situationt Listees that this article would be up that day, then all of a sudden this site, The artlurker site, has all of a sudden new preposterous commentators who just appeared out of thin virtual air. Gee I wonder who is the ring leader. And I notice how your group must have returned jointly from your dinner break–you all start your comments at the same time? wow, what a coincidence.

    I have given all of you yahoos three articles worth of insights into Situationist theory of the Derive as well as other back ground philosophical assessments that have to do with S.I. critique as well as other anti-consumerist influences that have to do with back-grounding such ideas…and what do I get in return? a bunch a lame criticism without substantial smart rebuttal….all I get from this group of ambushers is that I am wrong, can’t write well, or just don’t understand a subject that I have spent years learning. Yet you never say exactly anything to back it up, how lame…

    Most of you idiots give no substance to your quips other than quips for quips sake. And several of you go after the jugular with imbecilic attempts of psychological character assassination. You ignore my references to the original ideas of the derive or psychogeography as the necessary Default for understanding contemporary variances from the lettrist or situationist origins…it is rather academic in that sense but still relevant, but not to morons though.

    You have no counter theories of your own. You are like a mad group of marauding right wing republicans who like to hear themselves say no! — lest we learn from new insight from that caustic personality–Haden.

    No doubt, the next desperate last grasp to hide your impotent intransigence will be that I haven’t dotted my I’s correctly or used the correct punctuation marks correctly or what ever.

    Newbies to the Situationist have already responded to my article, you idiots just line up and pretend to be Situationist experts. You are obviously not, your are ersatz, wanna bees, who apparently have not ever worked in the margins of discovery. Nor ever come up with your own ideas regarding contemporary uses of the Derive

    But go ahead and keep bush-wacking if that is how you get off , keep it up, the bog’s comment box is awaiting your next assault…you are beginning to amuse me–like little wannbe Situationista brats.

  • Richard Haden

    ASTRUD wrote:
    Your piece is an off-the-cuff article!

    Wow Astrud, you are not far off the mark. That is somewhat closer to what I had in mind, as far as the purpose for this first article… being an introduction of sorts–more or less…

  • Kevin Arrow

    This entire thread reads like digital Bear-baiting. Your original post, is perfect.
    These noodle heads keep poking you with a stick in the hopes that you will respond to their comments, thus giving them a reason to live. I say ignore them and move on.

  • Astrud

    Objections have been made, weak sides have been pointed out, blunders have been quoted from your words, answers and replies have been given. It’s not that you can keep on being beaten to eternity. But I like you got some humor after all.

  • Louise

    Though I never meant to apportion blame to your actual dérive, it was so inevitable and easy to remark upon your tumble (psychogeography is the environment). No need of smarts and dialectics. Not even the shadow of a quip. Psychogeography never stood for the environment, in any case, any author. I don’t have to penetrate deep into the core of your blunder and you have no chance to let it pass as an oversight. In consequence you opted for putting off the scent, toiling up the cliffs of counter theories, sweeping the meanders of philosophical terms that you barely handle. You finally hide behind supposed ambushers, idiots and acquaintances of your possees. Even the republicans. How long should people go after your vain attempt at giving substance to your meagre position.

  • Kitten Mic

    On the whole this post is acceptable and sharable, it has my approval. It even caused a debate (good result anyway) in which opposers tried to explain away the relevance of the initiative. Don’t know whether they succeeded in it, but the attention is not only the consequence of a wide interest in psychogeography; the article itself played a role to this extent and disagreements don’t make a real, deep dent on it. The existence of better texts on the same subject can’t prevent the newsletter’s readers from enjoying the post and having a first approach to the matter.

  • Richard Haden


    Your still stuck in a tautology, a circular argument that is so irrelevant to the actual study of psychogeography. I have given you tips to why I view Psychogeography as both a noun and a verb or both the subject and an object of its self. You keep making ignorant statements like taking this position is a blunder.

    Well… basically Louise, you are like the farmers mule whose stubbornness is legendary. In the article, I made reference to Heideggarian moods as being the equivalent to Debord’s use of the term ambiance. I could have also included in the article other references to, lets say…Foucault and others who like Heidegger take a “post-humanist’ position that the environment, especially the urban environment is this case, is in essence us–that we live outside and ahead of ourselves. And that subjectivity in the “humanist” sense is downplayed, like human reasoning, in the traditional epistemological sense–of the enlightenment–gives way to ontological security of experience.

    So if you, Louise, want to call the view that I support a blunder then you have a whole list of thinkers, philosophers, neuro-scientist, etc to accuse of blundering before me.

    As I wrote before in another comment, the study of Geography is also the study of material geography, psychogeography is the study of the reified power and emotional structures, etc, that materialize on top, as another layer on ordinary urban geography, architecture, behavior, and so on. Like for example…when one studies the reification of social relations that are involved in production relation you arrive a temporal like objects of study, because they exist in reality first, not just in our minds as affection.

    Outside us and ahead of us also includes what preceded us. It is past present and futural projection of being.

  • Ame Trygve Nansen

    Referencing the last contribution by Kitten, I want to say that in my first comment I didn’t go after the author’s jugular at all. Soon after I was annoyed at being the target of his unbearable reactions and so I found motivation to beat the bushes for any sort of fault and shortcomings. Taking everything into account, I guess his arrogance and undue sense of self-importance are what eventually prevent people from appreciating his contribution. Prejudice not based on reason? Well, finally I said to myself: Richard who the fuck legitimates you to answer back? Then I remembered: the less he is, the more he screams and disdains; the more he screams and disdains, the less he is. This is not a prejudice: more likely kind of vicious circle I had noticed in each and every impotent, frustrated, likely failed person.

  • Richard Haden

    Ame you just have a vile bile side to you that can’t help itself from erupting, huh.

    Your inability to gather insights from this article is noted.

    Who are you anyway–but a wanna be “scream saver”?

    You obviously don’t bother with the subject of this article you only concern yourself with the messenger.

  • Louise Lambri

    Things worsen for your reputation if you state psychogeography is both verb/name, subject/object… I refuse following such an incompetent, off-the-cuff person who renders obscure a matter while aiming at poularize it; a matter that is not such an esoteric thing.

    Moreover your statements have no actual, concrete raison d’etre: what are they for? What should be the practical meaning of those useless statements? Is this the way to introduce newbies to the matter? And why you trace connections with authors you hardly can understand? You entrench yourself in the authority of Foucault and Heidegger, names you can simply drop and I seriously doubt you could know just 1% of them; if you make comparisons and analogies with Debord then you likely didn’t get him either. You just play the gambler who confuses the issue and all this babbling has no meaning but the purpose to deceive the young readers of this blog, making believe that you know philosophical and sociological subjects, as well as psychogeography to an extent which is not affordable for others psychogeographers. You’re becoming the parody of yourself.

  • Ame Trygve Nansen

    HA HA HA !
    Well pointed out Louise, he aims at popularizing through Heidegger: he makes his task easier!

    Don’t know… he just sacrifices divulgation in name of philosophical show-off…
    Though I noticed that he didn’t miss to underscore even a brief, secondary “pun” at the beginning of his article. Adorable this man, he’s like a little boy who wobbles between the need of explaining even the shortest calembour to his pet or to jeopardize the clearness of a dérive to his readers. Poor babe…

    After all he’s a self-styled jack of all trades, whose speciality is finding shortcuts to the evidence of his being a master of none.

    I didn’t say that I judged his behavior instead of his article. It was clear since my first post that his text was pointless to me. Afterwards I wanted to lay it on thicker.

    But what were we saying? Ah yes, Louise… HA HA, WHILE HADEN IS ENGROSSED IN POPULARIZING an accessible matter like PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY, HE TURNS IT INTO AN ESOTERIC MATTER. It’s fantastic, a true self-goleador. Tomorrow he will drop names like Evola or Swedenborg, tracing analogies with Chtcheglov, Jorn and Vaneigem. Amazing, amazing. He really is becoming the caricature of himself.


  • Richard Haden


    The die hard mule. I took a two semester course on Heidegger’s “Being and Time”. The first semester covered division one, the second semester covered division two. Hubert Dreyfus is the professor who teaches this course at Berkley, He has been teaching Heidegger’s philosophy for over 30 years. And it doesn’t end there…shall I make further list of other studies? Of course not…!

    What is wrong with you? Do you and Ame live in a perpetual state of turrets syndrome. As for informing newbies, well I see that informing Louise the naive new(bile) mule headed self-retarding anti-knowing pundit is metaphorically speaking a task of Sisyphusian magnitude.

    Get an education man then maybe you can chat like someone who knows more than how to doubt the messenger. If you don’t understand the concepts that I refer to or the philosophical or cross disciplinarian threads than run through all pre-modern, modern and post-modern human knowledge then that is your fault. I am not an expert on “all” such matters but I know what I know. You louise, on the other hand make a fool of your self on Artlurker.

    What are you one of these “Gray” trolls who come here to take ignorant pot shots at moon, with a children’s toy gun?

    Richard Haden

  • Ame Trygve Nansen


  • josé montigane

    A two semester course on Heidegger’s “Being and Time” by Hubert Dreyfus doesn’t entail a connection with Psychogeography. Not at all. There’s no author that could appear farthest from Situationists and the like than Martin Heidegger.

    I am sorry Richard, you’re bewildered by your own statements more and more.

  • Richard Haden

    AME wrote,

    “Tomorrow he will drop names like Evola or Swedenborg, tracing analogies with Chtcheglov, Jorn and Vaneigem”.

    No AME, I have no reason at hand, to link Evola or Swedenborg to anything. But Ame(less) troll I have already referenced Chtcheglov in the article as the member of the “lettrist International” who first used to term psychogeography… as for Jorn and Vaneigem? hell idiot they were active participants in the the derive as well they were members of the Situationist International. Are you blinded by stupid rage and are you on a vendetta, Your wanton need to down play theory is so unbecoming anyone familiar with the Situationist.

    Also you come here to this site with an agenda! you didn’t just discover this article by searching the net. At the time of this publication this article would have been so buried by other pages that have had more hits than this page… this article would have been like what, on page 50 of a search? I rather see you as having heard about this article from another Gray Troll with whom I have tangled with before. Who are you really? And why do you make such a vile attempt at imitating Pol Pot of the Khmer Rouge? You know they would assassinate anyone wearing glasses. Your wanting to dumb down the conversation serves the same end.


  • Ame Trygve Nansen

    You’re the drift’s comedian but don’t “get the drift” Richard? Oh no, as usual you pretend not to understand that I just did a simple ironic witticism, a boutade. I see you keep on strolling in the self-styled teacher’s mood… Amazing, you tell me about names and obvious facts which I know yet very well… Prof. Baden Baden.

    And I also had realized yet that your text is cut-and-paste from wikipedia. Okay, you just want to show off your transversal, multifaceted incompetence. What’s happened with your mediocre CV Richard, did you get expelled from the art college board of lecturers and desperately try to recoup on the blogs?

    Are you an artist, and do the artist!

  • Ame Trygve Nansen

    I see you keep on strolling in the self-styled teacher’s mood… Amazing, you drop me names and obvious facts which I know yet very well… Prof. Baden Baden.

    And I also had realized yet that your text is cut-and-paste from wikipedia. Okay, you just want to show off your transversal, multifaceted incompetence. What’s happened with your mediocre CV Richard, did you get expelled from the art college board of lecturers and desperately try to recoup on the blogs?

    Are you an artist, and do the artist!

  • Richard Haden


    If you can find the intersticial moment between posting foolishness, you might want to take the time to read from this link provided about Heidegger’s concepts of mood….I have not read this essay all the way through but it seems adequate enough and inline with others that I have read.

    The relation to (H’s) moods are similar to what pschogeography analyses. Which is the ambiance or moods of urban environments…Moods or ambiances that are already present: “…equiprimordially… Moods are the ontic or empirical occurrences of the ontological and a priori phenomenon…”

  • josé montigane

    I am lecturer in contemporary philosophy in Madrid, Richard… I bet 1 million dollars that there no apparent nor helpful link between the situationists and Heidegger. Moreover Heidegger would represent the most serious impediment to a divulgation of Psychogeography. You keep on messing up, bewildered by your own foolishness.

    Richard you’re popularizing my ass!

  • Louise Lambri

    José you’re completely right, this man is a BOASTER, playing on readers who know just a little about psychogeography (as he clearly stated several times). This Richard Harden is a closed chapter to me.

  • AATN

    You’re the drift’s comedian but don’t “get the drift” Richard? Oh no, as usual you pretend not to understand that I just did a simple ironic witticism, a boutade. I see you keep on strolling in the self-styled teacher’s mood… Amazing, you tell me about names and obvious facts which I know yet very well… Prof. Baden Baden.

    And I also had realized yet that your text is cut-and-paste from wikipedia. Okay, you just want to show off your transversal, multifaceted incompetence. What’s happened with your mediocre CV Richard, did you get expelled from the art college board of lecturers and desperately try to recoup on the blogs?

    Are you an artist, and do the artist!

  • AN

    You’re the drift’s comedian but don’t “get the drift” Richard? Oh no, as usual you pretend not to understand that I just did a simple ironic witticism, a boutade. I see you keep on strolling in the self-styled teacher’s mood… Amazing, you tell me about names and obvious facts which I know yet very well… Prof. Baden Baden.

    And I also had realized yet that your text is cut-and-paste from wikipedia. Okay, you just want to show off your transversal, multifaceted incompetence. What’s happened with your mediocre CV Richard, did you get expelled from the art college board of lecturers and desperately try to recoup on the blogs?

    Are you an artist, and do the artist!


  • Richard Haden

    Louise Lambri,

    So why bother commenting at all, Louise. None of you so far grasp threads of analysis. Or what leads up to any theory and its practice. You read as though all of a sudden A situationist genesis to place from nothingness…that there is no philosophical trace or basics of phenomenology inherent in Situationist practices or theories.

    Why it was Debord himself who listed numerous sources in his theory of the derive–sources that he superseded.

    But you want to limit yourselves to accusation with out backing up your comments. All Jose does repeatedly is repeat the chant that PG is not a prior and silly Luise simply follows his lead like a bleating sheep.

    There is even a self proclaimed professor of philosophy who wants to make wagers that I am wrong about Heidegger’s phenomenology not being related to Psychogeographical phenomenology.

    How is it that a professor of philosophy needs to make wagers? Well, because he knows nothing of what he is talking about.
    And who would hire such an incompetent hack, anyway (well maybe a philosophy department at odds with continental philosophy perhaps?) I don’t really know now do I. Perhaps He is not even a teacher at all…

    You critics so far fail at your attempts to offer anything constructive in the way of comments. You don’t even deconstruct this article at all– all you do is have a hissy fits and convulsions all over this site.

    Get better…you loose so far.

  • Ilio

    ah Richard yes, this is very convincing, for its immaculate impartiality: you critics are all imbecile and inept for having unveiled mistakes and contraddictions in your position! You demand too much now…

  • igor bahndi

    Referencing Heidegger in order to popularize the dérive reads like asking Papa Ratzinger to explain an homosexual intercourse.

  • Richard Haden

    Ah yes an Igor has showed up dawning a new and refreshing pseudonym…parden me while I role my eyes and effect a silent LOL.

    Not only does Igor bring with him the same pre-packaged baggage as his / her predecessors, he / she adds a comic relief by equating the metaphysics of a pope with an existential phenomenologist–an anti-metaphysician…you are not even in the ball park Igor. Try harder or explain better what you mean.

    Oh by the way, how did this string arrive at the conclusion that anyone was trying to popularize the Drift. From all that I know, psychogeography does not need marketing.

  • Richard Haden

    Dear impotent Incubuses,

    I have a link to a short essay on Psychogeography that includes Heidegger’s concept of “Affordances” (entities and places as “Affordances”"–Titled:

    “Psychogeography’s Affordances”

    This is just one instance of many how Heideggarian phenomenology fits into psychogeography.

    From “Psychogeographic Affordances” here are two excerpts:

    “Psychogeography might be considered an action-oriented branch of phenomenology.”


    “Associated frequently with the psychologist James Gibson, the idea of affordance is central to the tradition of phenomenology: in Gibson’s vocabulary, affordances are all action possibilities perceived in an environment; in Heidegger’s vocabulary, a hammer, for example, in its very design, affords a particular readiness-to-hand, or way to be used. The behaviors and emotions that particular settings afford are central to our experience of place, and to our consequent ways of imagining, behaving in, maintaining, and reproducing places — both material and fictional, as I have argued in my effort to show the similarities between constructing characters and constructing settings.”

    Put your thinking helmets on, it could get messy.

    Richard Haden

  • Patti Ebbinding

    Can’t resort to Heidegger to explain dérive. You’re lke a financer who prefers wanking inside his chinese boxes instead of profiting.

  • Richard Haden

    PATTI, But… I can use phenomenology to explain the dérive and Psychogeography…and after Husserl’s foundational phenomenological work, who developed phenomenology into what it became? Well Patti, you must know the answer to that question!

    Richard Haden

  • Patti Ebbinding

    This link you imagine between psycho-G and phenomenology is not a recognized step in the critique’s context; let’s make it clear: it doesn’t mean it is wrong, but really, really new and to a certain extent something nobody could lean on. Especially when the purpose is popularizing. Moreover adding too many external references to your explanation, especially if they are philosophical, can only have a compromising effect of the efficacy of the explanation itself. I think you’re not so good as teacher or divulger. Your explanation becomes top heavy with theories and what the fuck do you explain anymore? I said chinese boxes ’cause it seems you resort to B to explain A, to C to explain B, to D to explain C…
    I mean, was your article meant to those who are not acquainted? Young artists and students?

    After all I agree with others objecting that you’re messing up instead of explaining-clarifying, bewildered by your own ideas, instead of popularizing. Lastly, the suspect that you are more interested in show off a boring useless theoretical knowledge that you hardly handle, is more than a suspect.

    In the whole this article is a half failure. But you’re not bad as philosophical poser.

  • Ariel Patsumi

    Richard Haden wrote:

    “what you fail to realize is that a majority of artist practicing today don’t know know anything about The S.I. or if they do, they know little beyond the name. ”

    Isn’t it that you know too much about everything?

  • Richard Haden

    1. Patti, how many of the pseudonyms on this comment string are you?

    2. And no Ariel, It isn’t that I know too much about anything.

    3. The aka’s are growing like viruses on this string. I guess that at least there are two of you.

    4. And no Patti, I don’t think that adding “too many references to an explanation, especially if they are philosophical, can only have a compromising effect of the efficacy of the explanation itself.”

    Because this is the comment section, Patti. It is the perfect place to expand ideas and discussions, Diego!

  • Jose Montigane

    Your wrote:

    “4. And no Patti, I don’t think that adding “too many references to an explanation, especially if they are philosophical, can only have a compromising effect of the efficacy of the explanation itself.”

    Because this is the comment section, Patti. It is the perfect place to expand ideas and discussions, Diego!”

    *quote ended*

    This seems to be the first smart reply you made.

  • Ame Trygve Nansen

    No Ilio, no problem, there’s no one else’s skeleton in the cupboard, Mr. Haden cannot share a cabinet either.

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