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map April 16, 2009

Posted by Lin Lin in Exercise 5: Psychogeographics.
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Psychogeographic Map April 16, 2009

Posted by Adam Brace in Exercise 5: Psychogeographics, Exercises.
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Fran’s map for ex 5 April 16, 2009

Posted by Franchesca Dongha Kim in Exercise 5: Psychogeographics.
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Fran’s map of Kensington marketfrans-map

Map of field trip April 16, 2009

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Psychogeographics April 16, 2009

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en route to Kensington April 16, 2009

Posted by Milica Guberinic in Exercise 5: Psychogeographics, Uncategorized.
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Hi everybody. This is my map. I was going to explain the meaning of the different objects but I think I will leave it up to you! Route to Kensington

Wait! I just realized something about my map that I thought was post worthy. The many little things sold in china town are designed effects, while the stapled telephone pole is an emergent effect.

Psychogeographic Map April 16, 2009

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Psycho-geographics! OCAD to Kensington! April 15, 2009

Posted by Ayesha Ijaz in Exercise 5: Psychogeographics.
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Field Trip map

Field Trip map

My Psychogeographic Map April 15, 2009

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My  map  accurately reflects my feelings on our kensington  adventure. I thought  of our trip as being through specific areas   which you can see on my map. Both of the new  areas to me , Chinatown and Kensington,  are filled with pictures like they were filled with  new and interesting sensory  experiences. Like… sight, all the signs in Chinatown,  and smell of all the food we passed  in the streets. The area that is designated to Kensington has images I took  from the gallery  that  best expressed the  “bohemian”  type feel  it had.  I included and Anarchy symbol  because I found when the  guy at the gallery  called kensington the anarchist part of Toronto  it struck me as  a perfect way to describe the feeling I had when  there. The blue background of the map is very happy and upbeat  because it reflects the beautiful  weather  we had on the day we went on the trip. The OCAD  block on the ma is not as   collages and  “full”  because it is more familiar to me the   the  densely collages areas  of Chinatown  and Kensington Market.

Its been  a great semesterkensigtonexpmap and that field trip  was the  cherry on top 🙂

Visual Map for our Field Study April 15, 2009

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Psychogeographic Map of Field Trip April 15, 2009

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Map! April 15, 2009

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Fifth Grade Ethnographers April 14, 2009

Posted by Ruth Silver in Check it out, Exercise 5: Psychogeographics.
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Mesa Elementary School students spent the afternoon exploring their school in a way they never had before. They used blindfolds, walkers, ear plugs and wheelchairs to complete everyday tasks in their classroom and library, and while playing outside. The exercise is intended to teach them empathy and help them understand how the school, and its playground, could be more inclusive.

Mesa Principal Josh Baldner wants student suggestions to help drive playground improvements, and volunteers from the University of Colorado’s architecture schools are helping with the project.

David Leserman, a retired Boulderite who uses a manual wheelchair, volunteered at the south Boulder school Friday afternoon, helping relay to students what it’s like to use a wheelchair full-time.

“How are you doing?” Leserman asked Brendan, who was taking a break after spending a few minutes in the wheelchair.

“My arms are getting tired,” Brendan admitted. Leserman explained that using a wheelchair builds strong arms.

The 70 Mesa fifth-graders are keeping journals of the challenges they have faced while simulating impairments, and they have been tasked with brainstorming ways to make their school more friendly for their peers with disabilities.


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Best experience at OCAD was Free Beats. I particularly enjoyed this one as it was a really fun way of getting people to engage with the experience by added there own beat into the beat being played by the musicians from the group. Even though it was raining it seemed people were still really enjoying it.  I think it worked so well because it was really just a simple idea that incorporated alot of sensoral aspects that people would enjoy.

I thought that the happy box wasnt very good. I didnt really understand what it was all about, making it difficult for me to get any kind of sensoral response to it, other then feeling alittle uncomfortable. There were alot of fun projects I wish I had more time to experience them all

Exercise 5 (final): Psychogeographics April 8, 2009

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Exercise 5: Psychogeographics.
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Guy Debord is the best known theorist from an (infamous) movement called the “Situationists.” In 1955 he defined Psychogeography as the “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals” (Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography, 1955).

Debord also wrote “an urban neigborhood is determined not only by  geographical and economic factors, but also by the image that its inhabitants and those of other neighborhoods have of it.”

For your last exercise, practice “psychogeographic mapping” by taking mental notes during our field trip to Kensington Market. Design and post a simple map in the blog in time for our last class together, Thursday April 16.

I’d like you to

  • Pay attention to what your senses tell you
  • Record experiential effects in the route through Chinatown and/or Kensington Market
  • Think of a simple way to express your senses and feelings about the environment, the walk, the ‘feel’ of the places we go through and to today.
  • Contrast this gritty, real, textural urban experience with the digital work we will find in the gallery.
  • Consider the difference between effects that are “designed” — intentional reflections of the vision of the designer or team — and those that are “emergent” — the result of repetitive actions by numerous diverse actors, include wear, layers of residue from postering or graffiti, built up textures and shapes like those that arise as a city block evolves over time.
  • Your map should include and react to these ideas.

Thanks for everything.