Wandermap - City Walking

Wandermap is a way of seeing and navigating in the city environment differently. It is a way of breaking everyday routines and developing unusual mapping and photographic practices.

What

Use inventive methods to create new geographical movements and explore and discover the city space in different ways. Create routes by overlaying content such as drawings and shapes onto the map.

  • A route to walk
  • A way to walk, see, walk in a group, navigate, subvert routine movements on that route
  • A mapping system
  • A practical philosophy

How

What you need

  • A location
  • A starting point
  • Suitable clothes and shoes
  • A pen and paper
  • A technique
  • A camera
  • A compass
  • The Open Wilderness Guiding Book
  • A small group of people
  • Food and drink

Who

  • change their routines
  • find new places to walk in the city
  • are interested in hiking or walking, walking and photography, mapping and subverting maps
  • for all ages
  • specifically for city-dwellers (but could be adopted for certain non-urban environments)
  • are interested in documenting their walks

Why

  • Be more present
  • Get a more subtle sense of your surroundings
  • Connect closely with beauty in the everyday
  • Walking meditation.
  • Alternative mapping workshops.
  • Occupying and following activities in the city space

Hand drawn maps are beautiful.

Peckham Rye Derive

City Walking

Is good because:

  • There are many human factors
  • Tend to be the places we are most familiar with hence chance for new awareness
  • Lots of layers of history and information to discovery
  • Lots of people to map with

Walking is good for your health, fun and social and helps us to become more conscious of the city space we inhabit.

Psychogeography and the Situationists

Psychogeography is an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and "drifting" around urban environments. It has links to the Situationist International. 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." "a whole 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."

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