Have you ever considered how different types of buildings, spaces or the built environment make you feel and why?
Well the answer may be found in PsychoGeography. Guy Debord described psychogeography as ‘The study of specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals” in the first issue of Situationniste Internationale (1958).
It is cliche, but its about how humans shape the environment and vice versa. And to some extent how humans shape each other. There is a lot of people watching that goes on in cities and since 60% of communication is body language there is a lot to be said for how much other people can make you feel comfortable/uncomfortable in a certain place. How many times have you returned to a place because ‘the vibe’ has been good or not returned because it has been bad?
PsychoGeography is an experiential study form and requires the practitioner to ethnographically partake in an experience of a city in a traditional or novel way, with the proviso of making notes of the experience. This note taking is important because a great of our Psychogeographical experiences are on a subconcious level.
Will Self used to pen articles on PsychoGeography for The Independent (sample) and famously walked from central london to heathrow airport, flew to LA and then walked from LAX to his hotel downtown and noted the experience.
So, lets see you note yours. And do share your experiences. Take ownership of your city…you dont just belong to this city. She also belongs to you!
More info on PsychoGeography
Parkour / Free Running is a urban sport that defies the built environment and physical controls built into the streets and creates something very urban but at the same time very poetic and well executed, making aspects of martial arts and acrobatics its very own.
It began life in the suburbs of Paris but quickly gained following by people in other cities….Watch out for the typical feature of London i.e. people just go about their business in the background without paying any attention!
If you’re interested in watching Parkour professionals they’re in action tomorrow (Sunday 31st May 2009) starting off at IMax at 11am. More info <a href=”http://urbanfreeflow.com”>HERE</a>
Who says it has to cost an arm and a leg to hire a top of the range executive car in London?
In the current economic climate the consumer is King, so in a not too well publicised offer you can test drive a BMW 6 Series for 24 hours free of charge. Just visit this LINK HERE.
Ok-not everyones cup of tea……but if its yours…..
The Summer Big Screens are absolutely FREE and a great way to introduce your friends and family to world-class opera and ballet productions LIVE from the Royal Opera House.
Come early to get a spot and relax into the festival feel. With exclusive backstage films, competitions and live interaction, these are the opera and ballet events of the summer.
Ondine The Royal Ballet 3 June at 7.30pm
La traviata The Royal Opera 30 June at 7pm
The Barber of Seville The Royal Opera 15 July at 7.30pm
Ok, this is the first post on this blog, which will hopefully deliver news of the latest events in London, articles on key issues and very opinionated and edgey opinions. We are always looking for contributers so if you wish to contribute please feel free.
We begin with an event we at UL have organised for the Summer.
It’s not a flash mob, it’s a PILLOW FIGHT!!!
Location: Trafalgar Square north side of the fountain (on the National Gallery Entrance side)
Date: Friday 26 June, 2009 – when Big Ben strikes 6:30pm
1) Tell everyone you know about PILLOW FIGHT (bring a pillow) !!!
2) Wait for the Big Ben to strike 6:30pm precisely and then start!
3) Don’t hit anyone without a pillow (unless they want it kinky lol)
4) Don’t hit anyone with a camera
5) Someone yells “Stop!”, goes limp, taps out, their fight is over
6) SOFT pillows to be used ONLY
7) HAVE FUN!!!
(Rain plan: put your pillow in a plastic bag, see Rules 1 – 7)