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August 28, 2017

  

September brings a bumper crop of psychogeographical shenanigans.

For First Sunday, This Sunday we’ll be embarking on one of our occasional twilight wanders. Meet us at the Engels statue in Tony Wilson Place at 7pm on Sunday 4th September (and yes that probably is the most absurd sounding address within the peoples republic of Mancunia).

The following week we’ll be off exploring Yorkshire. The 4th World Congress of Psychogeographers is meeting again in Huddersfield 8-10th September and their details are here:   www.4wcoop.org  Proving we are crap Situationists as ever we send convivial greetings and respect to all flavours of psychogeography. I’m blethering on the Friday and enjoying other folks ideas the rest of the time

Tuesday 12th September I’ve convened a series of papers “More Than Pedestrian: Pyschogeographies, Creative Walking and Spatial Justice” as part of the RC21 Rethinking Global Urban Justice Conference at Leeds University. If you’ve not registered for the conference but would like to come to these sessions please let me know because you should be able to drop in. I’m really excited by the variety and quality of speakers. Here’s the programme:

38.1  9:00 - 10:45 Traversing Histories
Walking the Debris Field of the Halifax Explosion  - Barbara Lounde 
Psychogeography’s Other Genesis: Asger Jorn’s Anti-Euclidean Geometry and the Science of Space - Christopher Collier
Displacement Activities: A translocational approach to transgressive heritage  - Simon Bradley Artists mapping cities: The influence of the SI in contemporary practices  Gloria Lanci

11.15 -1.00pm The Art of Walking
A Different Line Made by Walking – Ian Trowell
Reimagining place: Creative Walking, Writing and Reading – Sonia Overall
Diversions: Being a Pedestrian in London – Jan van Duppen
[25] Pockets of [….] an interpersonal derive – Victor Buehring

14.00 – 15.45 Beyond Desire Lines
Entangled Narratives, Concernful Dealings: Bringing Leeds Terminalia to Osaka through Creative Walking  - Gareth Morris Jones, Tim WatersHipsters Explained With Cultural Materialism: A New Psychogeographical Approach to Urban Subcultural Legacies - David Wilkinson 
How to Use Gay Nazis in Job Interviews: Precarious Facebook, Queer Derive and Austerity-age Horror - Alexandros Papadopoulos 
The Female Cairene Walker: Everyday Radical Remapping of City and Body - Sara Fakhry Ismail

It would be wonderful to see you, please get in touch if you need more information. Email loiter@hepzombie.co.uk twitter @thelrm or find us on facebook

love and golden apples

Morag

Augusts First Sunday

August 3, 2017

First Sunday, This Sunday and because its a year since Loitering With Intent (!) we will be retracing our footsteps to see what has changed*

Meet us 2pm outside People's History Museum Sunday 6th August. I wholeheartedly suggest getting there earlier for a look round, we will be off by 2.10. All welcome, and because the streets belong to everyone it is of course free. Issues around public/private space in Spinningfields means the rhetoric is not strictly true of course, but t...here is nothing to stop folk wandering, wondering and chatting with us. Incidentally it is very clear photography is also "allowed" by CityCo; doubtless this will be discussed further at some point.

Anyway, please join us for some convivial, enlightening and legal psychogeographical mooching. If you need any more information please just ask

*OK: its a derive and we didn't record our exact route, we will however start and finish in the same place and see what feels different in between

July First Sunday and a Musical Treat

June 29, 2017

Its First Sunday, this Sunday and we’ve listened to calls to get out of the city so this month we are embarking on a psychogeographical adventure in Stockport.

We’ll start in Mersey Square at 2pm, Sunday 2nd July, and aim to be off deriving by 2.15. I’m going to get the most magic of all Manchester buses, the 192, and will get the first one to leave Manchester Picccadilly after 1.30. I appreciate the vagaries of public transport but hopefully this will work…. If anyone cant find me please feel free to get in touch 07974929589 (or as ever, in advance of the walk loiter@hepzombie.co.uk or @thelrm)

The derive will last about 2 hours and we’ll find somewhere for a convivial drink afterwards before heading home. Here’s a bit of inspiration from Christian Nolds marvellous emotion map: http://stockport.emotionmap.net/background.htm was delighted to feature this in last years exhibition at Peoples History Museum

I’m also really delighted to be hosting a very special gig this month, Chris Miils, one of my favourite musicians playing is an exclusive Northern gig with superb support from Sophia Marshall and good friend of the loiterers @quiet loner. It would be wonderful to see you there. Tickets are here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406468

Hope to see you soon,

Love and golden apples

Morag

June 2017 First Sunday

June 2, 2017

Dear friends and fellow loiterers

Apologies for late notice about this months loiter. It seems to be more important than ever to celebrate creative wandering and the poetry of the streets but I’ve been a little lost about where to go. I trust we will find a way together so please join me for a derive this Sunday, 4th June, 2pm starting at the Touchstone sculpture outside The Bridgewater Hall. We will be thinking about what Manchester means, and how our footsteps can (re)imagine it as we explore. Companion bees may accompany us and act as guides and we will finish somewhere with a convivial atmosphere to share stories and daydreams. As ever, all welcome to join us; loitering is free and open because we believe the streets and their stories belong to us all. It would be wonderful to see you, but as I don’t know where we will be going please try to be punctual. If you have any questions or comments please do get in touch via facebook, twitter @thelrm or text our hotline 07974929589

With love

Morag

PS If anyone fancies a trip to Sheffield the Showroom Cinema have a special screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. I’m on the post film panel and it would be lovely to see some friendly faces (I’ll be getting the train back to Manchester afterwards) https://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/citizen-jane-battle-for-the-city

May First Sunday

May 4, 2017

First Sunday This Sunday and its May so everything is springing…. We’re meeting 2pm on Sunday 7th May outside the main entrance to Piccadilly Train Station for our traditional derive. (Station Approach with the shops on it NOT Fairfield Street). For more details please feel free to get in touch

PS not strictly psychogeographic but If you happen to fancy hearing me talk in London you can find me on Saturday at Haringey Walking Fair http://www.haringey.gov.uk/events/17903-haringey-walking-fair Plus we love Jane Jacobs and there are Jane’s walks happening in many different places this weekend http://janeswalk.org/

 

April First Sunday

March 30, 2017
FIRST SUNDAY THIS SUNDAY so its time for our monthly communal derive. We'll start 2pm at the memorial tree in Piccadilly Gardens and, in a first for us, the wander is inspired by last months wander.
 
We will be guided by an improved playing card method as it was so interesting the first time but several tweaks were suggested and have been incorporated...evolution in action on the streets! Fingers crossed this glorious Spring surge remains. As ever anyone and everyone is welcome and it is free to loiter. Please try to be on time as I can't promise you will be able to find us once we are walking as I have no idea where we are going!
 
Feel free to holler if you need more information - email loiter@hepzombie.co.uk @thelrm or call/ text 07974929589 We may be officially award winning now but each month is a new exploration and a unique map made by us as we find our way through the ever changing city x

March 1st Sunday and a Call for Conference Papers

March 3, 2017

Dear friends and fellow wanderers

Spring is finally Springing and we will be meeting for our March derive this Sunday, 5th March, starting 2pm at the Albert Memorial, Albert Square Manchester. All welcome for a free communal wander with friendly folk interested in exploring our city with a critical mind and a curious heart. 

In addition, I would like to share this call for papers for a conference session I am convening. 

 
Call for papers for a panel at the RC21 conference in Leeds 11-13th September
More Than Pedestrian: Psychogeography, Creative Walking and Spatial Justice
 
It is sixty years since Debord wrote The Theory of The Dérive, and psychogeography has evolved in many different artistic, activist and academic directions, often at an apparent loss of its political intentions. However many recent practitioners have been using walking as way to interrogate, destabilise and affectively remap space. Many now recognise that there is an emerging “new psychogeography” identified by Richardson (2015) as being, amongst other things, heterogeneous, critical, strategic, and somatic. This richness and diversity is embodied in members of the Walking Artists Network. They exhibit a wealth of contemporary creative walking, much of which is at least in part inspired by psychogeography. This suggests the dérive has the potential to transform the everyday, to illuminate and challenge narratives of privatisation, commodification and securitisation of space, and navigate increasingly blurred boundaries between public/private. This session aims to explore what the theory and practice of psychogeography and creative walking can offer Urban Studies.
 
This call is for panellists offering papers on the following areas of walking practice and psychogeography:
• How psychogeography and creative walking practices can engage with and interrogate the urban environment
• New interpretations of Situtationist ideas
• Innovations, issues and debates around creative walking methodologies
• Issues of urban spatial injustice highlighted via imaginary, temporary and mobile spaces
• Activist, community and radical mapping practices
 
The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion and questions from the audience. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the subject we are very open to presenters who have audio visual material or unconventional presentation methods.
 
Abstracts should include:
1 The focus:Themes, underlying hypothesis, empirical and/or theoretical basis, structure of the paper,
2  Word count: 300-500 words.
3  The contact of the author(s): Name(s), affiliation(s), address (including postcode), a phone number (will not be made public) and an e-mail address
4 Details of the session to which the abstract is submitted: session title, session number and session convenors.
 
Please send abstracts to both Morag Rose, The University of Sheffield mltrose1@sheffield.ac.uk and the conference organisers rc21@Leeds.ac.uk Deadline 10th March 2017
 
More about the conference here: https://rc21leeds2017.wordpress.com/ and please do contact me if you have any questions or comments.

February 2017 First Sunday

February 3, 2017

Its First Sunday, This Sunday and time for our regular communal derive. This month we will start at 2pm 5th February outside Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak street.

We will be embarking on a deep psychogeographical study of space so please bring a pen, pencil or some other writing implement* and an open mind. All welcome to wander and wonder with us

*There will not be an exam and no revision is needed, we don't care what language you use or how scruffy your writin...g is. Hope you can come out and play x

PS the nature of the drift means we might not be easy to find for latecomers but we will be on the streets for about two hours. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments, you can post here or twitter @thelrm or email loiter@hepzombie.co.uk

2017 First Sunday

January 5, 2017

Hi everyone, heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported The LRM in 2016 in so many ways, especially during Loitering With Intent. The best, of course, is still to come and I can see some marvellous adventures on the horizon....

It’s time for the first First Sunday of 2017, and in typical contrary style we have played with time so that it actually happens on Sunday 7th January.

We will be setting our intentions for another year of creative communal walking and will set off at... 2pm from the Vimto statue on Granby Row. The location is significant as it looks set to be the site of yet another battle for space in the city.

We will base this months wander this month on a combination of a classic dérive tactic and something new and rather fantastical as we gently remind everyone psychogeography does not mean local history. We will focus instead on creating the city of our dreams with every step we take.... As ever our bimble will be free, open to everyone, and finish somewhere warm for a beverage and chance to exchange travellers tales.

It would be wonderful to see you on the streets with us, and I wish you many inspiring and happy wanders in the coming year. If you have any questions or want to learn more please don’t hesitate to get in touch via facebook, twitter @thelrm or email loiter@hepzombie.co.uk

with love, power and golden apples
Morag x

January 2017 First Sunday & surveys for friends

December 29, 2016

Hi everyone, quick reminder First Sunday will actually be on Second Sunday in January, ie on the 8th. Details soon. In the meantime some friends of The LRM have surveys you may wish to contribute to (both posted before, but deadlines now looming):

Mayfield Imaginarium Forumhttps://architectureunknown.typeform.com/to/BYVraB)

Gmcvo Ardwick Heritage Project https://www.gmcvo.org.uk/ardwick-green-histories-and-sustai…

Cheers Morag x

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