The Pleasure of Discovery psychogeography podcast

Radio Wolfgang on Wanstead Flats

It was a great pleasure to work with Radio Wolfgang on the production of this podcast as part of their Good Nature series. We used the device of the algorithmic psychogeographic dérive to talk about how to unlock the ‘unknown facets of the known’ (in the words of Greil Marcus) and explore the world around you anew.

I first came across the idea of the algorithmic dérive via Wilfried Hou Je Bek some time around 2002 and it proved very useful in generating community participation in the Remapping High Wycombe project (2004-05). It was subsequently used in a psychogeographic intervention in artist Bob and Roberta Smith’s 2015 General Election campaign and became the subject of one of his paintings that ended up in a feature in Elle Decor.

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Q&A Video: The most Remote part of London and Other Questions Answered

Last weekend I sat down in the London Olympic Park and delved into a long list of brilliant questions submitted via the Community tab on my YouTube channel and Instagram Stories.

Here’s a list of the questions with the timestamps in case you’d like to navigate to a particular part of what became an epic video:

Contents of this video
0:00​ Intro Stratford Olympic Park
01:32​ Grotty Fringe of the Olympic Park
02:21​ Will you do more South London walks?
02:49​ Most memorable bit of folklore
04:24​ Which era of London would you most like to walk around
06:19​ Do you get scared walking on your own
06:47​ If you could say one thing to planners and architects what would it be
08:21​ If you needed your ashes scattered in London where would it be
09:28​ Favourite pre-Roman or prehistoric site in London
10:14​ Particular walking book you would like to see reprinted
10:38​ Is there a river flowing from Hampstead Heath through Belsize Park
11:05​ Do you listen to music on your walks
11:22​ Where have you felt the most remote
12:00​ What’s your longest walk
12:42​ How I started my walks
13:56​ Would you consider walking further afield such as the Thames Estuary around Tilbury and Gravesend
15:02​ Where are the women psychogeographers
19:01​ Favourite discovery on a walk
20:07​ Who was Jack the Ripper?
23:23​ Will we ever know more about Boudicca?
24:39​ What is your professional background or upbringing
26:07​ Growing up in the Chilterns
26:52​ Austin Osman Spare walk
27:42​ First Job and have you been unemployed for a long period of time
29:38​ What got you into psychogeography
32:05​ Psychogeography outside London
34:26​ Best thing you found on your travels
35:02​ When will you do a walk through Temple
35:35​ Radical Rambler Cap?
36:00​ Will the Leytonstone Centre for Contemporary Art make a comeback?
36:20​ Would you another City e.g Bristol
37:30​ Favourite Author, Novel, Ale
38:29​ Views on some modern architecture
39:10​ Will you do a Southend walk to the Anglo Saxon burial site at Prittlewell
39:20​Thames Bridges walk
40:02​ How does your wife feel about your long walks
41:21​ Strangest encounter on a walk
43:44​ If you could walk anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
45:20​ Kray Twins walk?
46:22​ Most disappointing walk
47:34​ Will you get a haircut after the restrictions are lifted
47:40​ Will you write another book?
48:31​ Any trouble or threatened on a walk?
50:15​ Inspiration to start and film these walks
53:10​ Thank you for your questions

Related links and videos:
South London Walks
The Legend of Horsenden Hill
Remapping High Wycombe
My Longest Walk
Thames Estuary Tilbury Walk
Dr Tina Richardson – psychogeographer
Rachel Lichtenstein
Laura Oldfield Ford
Janet Cardiff The Missing Voice
Austin Osman Spare Strange Attractor Press
Leytonstone Centre for Contemporary Art