utopia has fallen into oblivion
oblivion removes origin from the spectacle
the spectacle deflects reflection
reflection is the mere memory of desire
desire is the other of alienation
"ILLEGIBILITIES OF THE LAYERED DEPTHS"
an essay outlining some of the theoretical concerns underlying the Dérive project.
A version of this paper was delivered at the session on 'The City as a Locus for Conflict'
at the AICA Congress in Belfast, September 1997
photographs by Michael Gibbs and Henriëtte Dingemans
other images appropriated from the Web and various stock archives
special thanks to Martine Neddam for the loan of the QuickTake
texts by Michael Gibbs and quotations from:
Situationist Definitions, first published in Internationale Situationniste nr. 1, June 1958. Available on the Situationist International web site - http://ernie.bgsu.edu/~swilbur/si.html
M. Christine Boyer, "The Imaginary Real World of CyberCities", in: Assemblage 18, MIT 1992
Martha Rosler, "In the Place of the Public; Observations of a Traveller", in: The Invisible in Architecture (eds. Bouman and van Toorn), Academy Editions, London 1994
Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, Rebel Press 1987
Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford 1991
Henri Lefebvre, Writings on Cities, trans. E. Kofman and E. Lebas, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford 1996
Ivan Chtcheglov, "Formulary for a New Urbanism" (first published 1953). Situationist International web site.
Ernest Mandel, "The Need for Space as a Global Problem: a Manifesto", in The Invisible in Architecture
Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendall, University of California Press, Berkeley 1984
Visit the Virtual Psychogeographical Association for more examples of contemporary dérives.
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