Initial MA Output Concept

Initial MA output concept.
Produce a book: Series of Psychogeographical Art, photography, graphics, illustration, film and discourse.
Title – TBA :

Concept –

  • A deep exploration and resulting collection of works of original graphic design, illustrations, maps and mapping, building/city designs, photography, pseudo street art, and composites of all of the above!! With each section accompanied by discussion concerning the image itself, the concepts behind it, a related field, or a section from original PG manifesto. Or general related musings! [Yet to be written!].
  • The composition, page layout, typography and graphical furniture of the text based and more graphically illustrative woks will also be PG influenced.
  • May have some peculiar printing formats, page turning devices, pop out/fold out sections; general book format explorations – breaking the grid and printed media conventions – again harking back to the overall PG concept and its founders – The Situations, The Letterists and others.
  • The book will have a companion DVD with examples of PG moving image/film/sound inspired original work.

Format –

  • The book can be read in sequential page order or in a drifting PG ‘derive’ order with alternate pages suggested, allowing the reader to navigate the book to reflect their own experiences, desires or simply allow the reader to design their own route of involvement.
  • DVD will have a series of ‘films’ [using the term loosely] exploring PG and related subjects. Again the DVD format should allow for multiple orders of the film viewing – using an interactive or website style interface.
  • These ‘films’ could be interlaced into the ‘experience’ of the book with prompts of when to watch what and when?
  • Book contents and ‘derive’ nature of experience could be well suited to an online version.
  • DVD could have an electronic version of the book too, presented in blog or website style.

Initial sub headings or chapters:

  • Note: The list is a work in progress and not in any particular order.
  • Note: This list is not exhaustive and final product may not contain all of these.
  • Note: Each section will contain text/graphics and one or more image/graphic/illustrative work.
  • Note: Throughout the work, explicit reference will be made to the theorists, art movements, contemporary artists and political/social issues where appropriate.
  1. Intro/preface – how to access the material, alternative methods on how to experience the book/DVD. Brief introduction to the reasoning, themes and background theories of PG.
  2. PG art manifesto – the book will organically ‘become’ the ‘manifesto’, but I will also write a ‘conventional’ style manifesto; allowing for a definitive reference/starting point [albeit only my thoughts and opinions of what PG art is/should be].
  3. PG art of the ‘derive’ – environmental/cognitive drifting.
  4. PG art of the ‘flaneur’ – following/transient drifting into unknown environments, not governed by own choices.
  5. PG art of ‘detournement’ –post modernism of sorts, advocating plagiarism and using images of ‘the spectacle’ – Guy Debord’s theory of capitalism, mass media, image, consumerism and production.
  6. PG art of ‘The Spectacle’ – as above but more explicit, discussing Situationist Art and others.
  7. ‘Genuis – loci’: means ‘spirit of the place’ – works that explore the unseen/subconscious spirit of an environment or person.
  8. ‘Re-historising’ – reclaiming an environment, building, person, other and re-assigning its history, uses, memories, other.
  9. Political PG – social, political uses of PG.
  10. Street Art verses PG art – exploring how conventional street art [not ‘graffiti’ but more socially insightful art] can be exploited, enhanced by PG.
  11. Human PG – explorations into memories, places, and locations associated with an individual, social group or ‘arbitrary’ person.
  12. Maps and Mapping – how maps can be appropriated for PG: alternative demarcation of urban zones defined by more unconventional [but maybe more appropriate] sampling methods and categorising, rerouting of established pathways, challenging the way we experience and navigate an environment.
  13. PG signs, semiotics and symbols – how PG can be used to redesign and re-allocate meaning – general signage, maps, warning signs, cognitive recognition, mediated representation.
  14. Architectural/Design PG – how PG can be used to create better environments, city planning, dwelling/work/leisure and empty spaces.
  15. Subliminal PG – more surreal, cerebral uses and explorations.
  16. Commercial/Spectacle PG – comments on mediated imagery, the pseudo choices of consumerism, commercialism, capitalism – visual playfulness with IKEA, McDonalds, Coca Cola for example [but probably not these].
  17. The Future of PG art – online uses, formats alternatives, sound/film/performance/ installation PG art, global interaction facilitated by modern media and technologies. Future new themes.
  18. Specific PG ‘derives’ – selection of images/text/musings/writings etc. that relate to a very specific journey through an environment/person/memory etc.
  19. PG of Forgotten Spaces – discovering and redesigning derelict or, at least abandoned, unused spaces.
  20. Tips on how to be a PG artist – a somewhat tongue in cheek guide [visual and/or text] on derive – ing and flaneur –ing.
  21. PG art – The Synopsis – what has the book achieved, what has it failed in achieving? Quirky suggestions on how to improve the ‘PG art movement’, satirical downfalls of the experience of reading the book etc… again somewhat tongue in cheek.
  22. Disclosures/references/notes on distribution – feel free to copy, burn, use as will etc… again tongue in cheek.


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~ by mrtbrown on September 22, 2011.

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