Thursday, May 31, 2007

Emotional maps

For reasons, geography does weird things to you. It makes you look and experience things differently. The situationist had and inkling...and the phenomologist, like Heidegger, had a way of de-constructing geography from a physical to the purely psychological. So when I talk about "closeness" and "nearness", ...that's where we should meet. In the area between us. Words like "far", "near" and "distant" don’t exist when we speak...I'm just glad you are "here NOW".

Psychogeography is "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 bunch of situationists once had a project in which they mapped the "psychogeography" of Paris. I wonder if you can still get the map somewhere. They basically cut up a normal map and arranged it in order of emotional experiences, a soft beginning building to a crescendo and then the denouement. There was no way to use it to navigate through the city, but it made a beautiful work of emotional/spacial art.

The space between you and I:

The last thing you wanna do when you miss someone terribly, is not go on the internet and look them up. It only makes it harder that they are hundreds of miles away. The terrain isn't tough to travel over, its the waiting and mapping out the points between until you get there. It is so much space.

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