Fear based map of New Orleans - Aoife Naughton and Wes Wallace


In 1955, Guy Debord described psychogeography as “the study of the specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.” Debord’s psychogeographical map The Naked City (1957) challenged traditional ideas of mapping relating to scale, location, and fixity, and drew on the work of urban social geographer Paul-Henri Chombart de Lauwe’s concept of the city as a conglomeration of distinct quarters, each with its own special function, class divisions, and “physiognomy,” which linked the idea of the urban plan to the body. An important strategy of the pyschogeographical was the dèrive, “a technique of transient passage through varied ambiences”.†

The ‘psychogeographical’ has had a pervasive if somewhat amorphous role in contemporary art and culture. As a creative, social and political tactic, wandering through psychogeographic spaces is pertinent to a diverse range of practices including the use of GPS systems, Internet art, photography as well as sound and performance art.

This issue of Drain has gathered a series of essays, artworks and creative writings to reflect upon the legacies of psychogeography and consider its current manifestations.



Drain is a refereed online journal published biannually. The journal seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain will have a specific concept that it explores. We are especially keen to publish pieces that connect the conceptual framework of each issue to themes such as globalization, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, capitalism and new technologies, as well as ethical and aesthetic concerns. As such, we welcome creative responses to contemporary culture, as well as written work by practitioners in the field of culture. Our primary mission is to provide an environment where a variety of creative activities can be explored with a combination of sensitivity and rigor

Managerial board:
Avantika Bawa
Celina Jeffery
Adrian Parr

Celina Jeffery
Greg Minissale
Adrian Parr

Art Editors:
Avantika Bawa
Michelle Barczak

Advisory Editors:
Ian Buchanan
Cardiff University
Edward Shanken
University of Amsterdam
Simon O'Sullivan
Goldsmiths College

Web Design:

Adam Aylard

Administrative Assistants:
Eleanor Luken
Alex Young

Max Cafard
Andrea Fitzpatrick
Julian Jason Haladyn
Caroline Vains

Aoife Naughton
and Wes Wallace
Wes Wallace
Jason Workman

Emma Cocker
Beth Hinderliter
Daniel Blochwitz
Rob Stein
Diana Heise
Chiara Passa
Marek Ranis & Jonathan Case
Astra Howard
Paul Lloyd Sargent
Andrew Brown, Katie Doubleday, Simone Kenyon and Emma Cocker
Hui-min Tsen

Psychogeography - October, 2008 - Vol. 5, No.2

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