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Pyschogeography in the 21st Century

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Dynon Road constrction works, under the Citylink tollway, West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Radical changes on an arterial road affecting walking and cycling of all who use this path, I walked the section from Arden Street to Dynon road to capture the changes here.

Thinking about the idea of Psychogeography and wanting to begin researching the history of walking lead me to an article on the website, The Conversation. The article entitled “Psychogeography: a way to delve into the soul of a city“, was very interesting. Originally written in 2017. The article examines the history and origins of Psychogeography and it 21st Century applications.

Here is a definition of Psychogeography from the article

Psychogeography, as the term suggests, is the intersection of psychology and geography. It focuses on our psychological experiences of the city, and reveals or illuminates forgotten, discarded, or marginalised aspects of the urban environment.

The article talks about walking as an act of insurgency and of memory. Aspects of my own walking and photographing I would hope to incorporate in the future. For example there was a series of homophobic attacks in Sydney in the 1980s, still unsolved, that happened near the now famous sculpture walk. David Brown of UNSW has written an article on it, Strolling the Coastline: Criminology in Everyday Life: Through ‘Landscape’ from Gaol to ‘Badlands’.

It appears to me my research will now move forward with some more purpose. With the pandemic still ongoing and lock-down restrictions in place here in Melbourne. My walking is going to be limited to my own ‘place’, ie Sunshine, not a bad thing; I guess.

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