Psychogeographies is an interdisciplinary night of programming exploring the performative embodiment and production of social space occurred on Aug 30, 2019 in Comfort Station Logan Square, Chicago, USA.
This project is made possible by the generosity of the Graduate Dean’s Office and the Visual and Critical Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Video Data Bank.
Updating the Situationist’s eponymous concept, Psychogeographies asks its artists to consider how urban and virtual spaces ought to be reimagined against a backdrop of market-driven surveillance technologies.
With the advent of algorithmic feedback loops and the corporate ideal of Smartness, the divide between digital and material is increasingly tenuous.
—synchronized, mundane, and extractive—
has become another method of capture.
Caught in the interplay of communicative surfaces,
we move and labor within a captive landscape.
Psychogeography affords a conception of embodied space that moves towards a disassembling of the social.
Space is performed-- it does not pre-exist.
One creates a psychogeographic map by
abstracting the given,
subverting its currents,
eroding fixed points and hierarchical vortexes.
A practitioner doesn’t just proliferate dead zones: they reintroduce new points of entry.
poster by Eliza Chen
Featuring live readings and performances by Jess Gaston, Kevin Rogan, Tom Hack, Micah Schippa, Liza, Doug Rosman, Yarrow Woods, Wanbli Gamache, Eliza Chen, Phaedra Beauchamp, +, Lori-May Orillo, Cherrie Yu, Alex Bliziotis, and Alex Karsavin; as well as the commissioned video work of Talah Anderson with music produced by Clément Hallou, and screenings of films by Basma Alsharif, and eteam*.
*Basma Alsharif’s O, Persecuted and eteam’s Waypoint, Follow, Orbit, Focus, Track, Pan have been provided through the Video Data Bank.