Wandermap is a project that I started at Goldsmiths whilst studying Design.
It is inspired by the Situationists movement of the Dérive and Psychogeography.
You add layers to maps to create inventive and unusual ways of navigating the city space.
TODO: Add images of Wandermaps created
There are quite a few benefits but some include:
- Going on a nice walk
- Getting closer to your surroundings
- Walking is good for talking with others
- Deliberately creating ways to wander about, experience the surroundings differently and reveal unseen layers
- Generate interesting photographic accounts
TODO: Add How to guide to do your own
I included and expanded the concept into a book - The Open Wilderness Guiding Book
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
Hand drawn maps are beautiful.