chapter  8
Psycho-geographies and the city
Pages 37

Previous chapters have introduced a shift in thinking about space and subjectivity that looks forward to alternative conceptions of the city, which can incorporate emotional resonance, social condition, political value, bodily memory and poetic or fictional space. This chapter introduces flexible systems of representation such as Benjamin’s Arcades Project, the Situationist International’s psycho-geographic methodology and Deleuze’s conception of space. It discusses uses of photography that visualize the city as an event, network or process, in which the conceptual echoes physical attributes and describes a system of relationships rather than objects, or incorporates a dreamlike methodology. The three case studies in this chapter echo Benjamin’s Arcades Project by resisting synthesis and approaching a totally visual conception. They are each interdisciplinary in their approach, referring to a range of contexts. They are also very different from each other: Aglaia Konrad’s appearing very technical and factual, without many people, and Valérie Jouve’s fictional and focusing on the subject in space, whilst Walid Raad’s makes use of psycho-geographic networks and is politically motivated, and serves as a conclusion.