Wandermap is inspired by the Situationists movement of the Dérive and Psychogeography. You experiment with maps to create inventive and unusual ways of navigating the city space.
There are quite a few benefits but some include:
- Physical exercise of walking
- Getting closer to natural surroundings
- Getting closer to other people
- Experience the surroundings differently by looking differently
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.”
Hand drawn maps
Here is an example of a hand drawn map from a walk in Peckham Rye.