Writing as image capture – This is a record of a response to a task suggested by Vicky Sturrs (inspired by Guy Debord’s ‘Derive’ or ‘drift’ implied by understandings of Debord’s definition of psychogeography).
The below was composed during a 30 minute walk along a small sector of a circumference line centred around Baltic. To be read by two voices:
Second version as an audio clip
The gaps between
ATTENTION PRIVATE LAND
like missing teeth, obviously
This site is managed by UKCPS ltd
are real lost places
Waterfronts With Stunning Views
forgotten presences waiting
(Conditions apply – see main site for details)
unreclaimed, part re-landscaped, blighted
WARNING! Wheel clamping removal zone
Still used for the wrong things
Permit Holder Only
Please dispose of cigarette ends in the bins provide anyone caught throwing ends on the floor will be reported to company management who will be charged for additional cleaning costs incurred.
Dryriser inlet – Fire Exit – KEEP CLEAR
maybe thinking, escaping, living
Use Handrail – Use Handrail
Landscaped steps to wire barriers, glass reflections of absent things
INVEST – BUILD – MAINTAIN
‘But I miss that’
The response was read immediately with little rehearsal and this can be listened too here.
immediate audience of fellow workshop participants invited me to comment on it – I described it as an intent to capture a kind of dystopian landscape, part redeveloped, but not resolved, creating a muddled public space dominated by botched planning, corporate landscaping and oppressive signage that was more about ownership and behaviour than about the spaces created or the people who might inhabit them.