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Psychogeography researches the fractalline inner nature and the behavioural external forms of the human experiences that betray the instinctive reaction of the human mind to a landscape. There are various ways to do this, but in our brand new series of psychogeographic walks we will be street haunting mental objects. In the tradition of Francis Galtons classic psychometric experiments. In the late 19th century Galton made short strolls, gazing for small periods at random objects, following their trajectory through the neuronic pathways of his brain, hoping to unravel the parallelism of the mind, wanting to gain an insight on its working behind the facade of consciousness. A mental object is the general name for the sum of associations in mind (on its stage and in its antechambers) and while haunting the streets we will be haunting for inner excitement.
From the Ancient Greek school of peripatetic (meaning: rambling on foot) philosophers have always regarded the walk to be psychoactive: the pace of walking corresponding to the beat of the heart, generating (perhaps) the much sought after alpha state of the Gysin/Burroughs Dream Machine. Psychogeographers think about walking and they walk to think. Psychogeography as cognitive theory by the pedestrian underground? Yes! Psychogeography as experiment in creating mental patterns more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace? Yes! Psychogeography as brainwave analysis and brainwave construction? Yes! Psychogeography as a special instrument of vision to understand how spaces and places work? Yes!

"I walked leisurely along Pall Mall, a distance of 450 yards, during which time I scrutinised with attention every successive object that caught my eyes, and I allowed my attention to rest on it until one or two thoughts had arisen through direct association with that object; then I took very brief mental note of them, and passed on to the next object. I never allowed my mind to ramble. The number of objects viewed was, I think, about 300, for I have subsequently repeated the same walk under similar conditions, and endeavouring to estimate their number, with that result. It was impossible for me to recall in other than the vaguest way the numerous ideas that had passed through my mind; but of this, at least, I was sure, that samples of my whole life had passed before me, that many bygone incidents, which I never suspected to have formed part of my stock of thoughts, had been glanced at as objects too familiar to awaken the attention. I saw at once that the brain was vastly more active than I had previously believed it to be, and I was perfectly amazed at the unexpected width of the field of its everyday operations." (Francis Galton)

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