Between the legs of the women walking by, the dadaists imagined a monkey wrench and the surrealists a crystal cup. The poetry of the billboards lasted twenty years. And the police station on Rendezvous Street. The artificial flowers on Sun Street.
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This is the kind of art practice characterised by use of locative media, such as GPS, to track movements in space, often doing little more that accumulate data for display. While doctors regard hallucinations and delusions as psychotic symptoms, many people with mental health diagnoses disagree. Mension recalls hitchhiking back and forth across the city with Debord and others, getting drunk and disorientated Mension , hardly walking at all.
In fact, Mension points out that he personally got very tired walking and that distances seemed longer because they were drunk most of the time Mension On 2nd January, after a tense exchange with a Yiddish speaking man in a bar, they were chased through the streets by two unknown pursuers, which the two friends reimagined as the plot from an American film noir McDonough a: Mension reflects that, because he was a visionary and his ideas were already formed, Chtcheglov helped Debord a great deal in making progress on the issues of urbanism and the relationship between art and life Mension For Chtcheglov, the transition from one year to another was an important moment that focused the mind on the flow of time.
The discovery of small canoe-shaped patterns, inerpreted as animal tracks, reminded the Lettrists of the nave where Joseph of Arimathea carried the Grail and led to the fortified city of Carcassonne. They boasted about their plan in a bar and were soon arrested before they could follow through.
In , Chtcheglov was arrested by police and confined in a mental hospital. Accounts of his arrest and incarceration differ. According to Mension, Chtcheglov wrecked an entire billiards bar room while drunk, which led to someone calling the police and his being forcibly committed to a mental hospital.
The doctor called the police who claimed to be doctors when they arrived, so the dazed Chtcheglov followed them to their car. He was taken to mental hospital where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. For Dali, paranoia was both a tool for developing visual imagery and an interpretive method that can be applied to the world McDonough a: While it is fair to say that Debord was aware of surrealist practices and was influenced by them, it seems unconvincing to suggest that he appropriated the paranoiac critical method in this way.
Debord denounced the surrealists repeatedly and was keen to distance the Lettrists and Situationists from association with anything that seemed irrational, which is one of the reasons Chtcheglov was excluded from the group. This may provide an important key in understanding the lettrist and situationist experiments in psychogeography; that they had a pre-existing relationship to the neighbourhoods they drifted through.
They were not drifting through completely unknown territory. He cannot say why that association exists because it is clouded by his unconscious Cussans n. As clusters of associations begin to form, they consequently affect reading of texts that become linked with that location in future. However, through a series of experiments into a combination of walking and fabulation, some genuinely collective states of creative paranoia emerged, the most notable being the Woeley Castle intersection.
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We are bored in the city, there is no longer any Temple of the Sun. Between the legs of the women walking by, the dadaists imagined a monkey wrench and the surrealists a crystal cup. The poetry of the billboards lasted twenty years. We are bored in the city, we really have to strain to still discover mysteries on the sidewalk billboards, the latest state of humor and poetry:. And the swimming pool on the Street of Little Girls. And the police station on Rendezvous Street.
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