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„Aesthetic practices of psychobiogeography and photography“

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“Psychogeographic walking involves unanticipated encounter, allowing for an immersive and embodied exploration of the urban and may help the researcher connect with the city in new ways. Walking in this way brings the researcher in contact with the unknowns of the city. Doing so may contribute to developing critiques of the city and a more embodied knowledge of how the city is organised, designed, and used. Coupling this method of navigation with urban photography allows the researcher to produce a robust visual record. (…) Photography also enables an embodied and sensory experience and capturing of space. While walking allows one to experience and interact with the physical, material, and the ephemeral, photography allow us to ‘preserve’ it. (…) Artistic approaches to urban photography have merit for exploring the cultural geographies and politics of the city, capturing and conveying that which is ‘unknowable’ or at least that which is not always so easily communicated in writing. Hunt (2016, p. 271) writes that ‘doing cultural geography through photography, in a spirit of collaboration with place, might help describe the feeling, textures, and experiences of places while also revealing them as unknowable’. Photography of everyday practices can contribute to ‘developing critiques of space and place’ and be used to develop ‘critical spatialities (Hawkins, 2010). Pyyry (2018, p. 2) characterises this type of urban research as nonrepresentational, writing that such work, ‘the influence of words, photographs or other representations is not ignored, but they are understood as performative; not as evidence of a separate world ‘out there’’ Aesthetic practices encourage different and creative ways of looking at the city, enabling spontaneous and playful encounters that are concurrent with artistic practices. Researcher experimenting with the use of such methods may nurture their artistic eye, picking up on subtleties of the surrounding space, becoming attentive to variation, colour, texture, materials, more keenly noticing how the city appears and is made and remade.” (p. 13 f.)

Arnold, Emma (2018): Aesthetic practices of psychogeography and photography. In: Geography Compass 2019, 13: e12419.
See also:
EMMA ARNOLD [The Institute for Art and Environment] –