It’s nice to have a special place that can make you feel magical and safe. My special place is our terrace.

Volver and Sasha are at ease here, too. Sasha helps care for the plants when we’re away whereas Volver, the king, spends much time on the terrace chewing lemongrass, hunting lizards, and, above all, napping.

The minute you occupy a space, you transform it just as  it transforms you, too. Psychogeography, the study of how the geographical environment influences one’s thoughts and behaviour, was invented by Situationist Guy Dubord in 1955. Dubord suggested that we should explore the specific effects of the geographical environment by drifting. That is, the practice of walking around urban spaces as did writer and flâneur Charles Baudelaire. “It is not given to everyone to be able to bathe in the multitude: enjoyment of the crowd is an art,” says Baudelaire, and “the solitary and thoughtful stroller derives a singular intoxication from this universal communion.”

Inevitably the voyeur becomes entangled with that which he observes. That’s why I like looking at flowers.

Related: Psychogeography: A Purposeful Drift Through the City + Theory of the Dérive +

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1 Response to Drifters

  1. Albert Smith says:

    I wonder if this is not unlike what James Joyce experienced writing Ulysses?

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