Week 1: Reading (Debord & Hamilton)


Debord // Theory of the Dérive

The theory of a dérive is an interesting one when it comes to photographers, as it is a way of gaining experiences of norms and communities, which may help us tell other stores though photos than the ones we are used to seeing.

” Such data — examples of a modern poetry capable of provoking sharp emotional reactions (in this particular case, outrage at the fact that anyone’s life can be so pathetically limited) […], will undoubtedly prove useful in developing dérives.”

This is an excellent quote that goes to exemplify just why dérives are useful. While we today in 2017 might not have as simple geographical habits as when the data was collected due to broader networks and easy means of transportation, it still goes to show that we have certain places we usually find ourselfs due to rutines. This is delightfully supported by Marx’s phrase expressing how we don’t pay attention to the things with which we cannot identify. Therefore, the theory stills holds up today, if we should accept these ideas with which I can relate.

Something I would like to know is whether dérives in groups are better or worse in regards to the randomness of the dérive, versus going solo. Whereas you might easiler drift to random places in a group to which you wouldn’t usually end up as you won’t have the same ideas as the rest of the group going into the dérive, you might more easily be drawn towards the same psychogeographical aspects once you arrive to a new destination. A challenge to set up could be to see whether the findings in groups are more alike to eachother and thus not as personal versus how much new you find going by yourself.

Ann Hamilton // Making not knowing

How is learning a new language the same as taking on a new culture?

“Make something to change your mind – acts that amplify.” is a great call for people to make the realization, that we should strive to evovle a progress, in a time where we might not consciously think of the effect and goal of art. This will help us be more open to other ideas and thus the opportunity to progress further as humans.

While I am in most ways utterly discussed with the fact that Donald Trump is the President of the mightiest country on earth, speaking with my new roommates in the states has helped gain some sort of understanding on just why some people could even consider voting for him, an understanding I have previously lacked.

A challenge could be to make a conversation with a person about a subject on which you have completely different opinions, and each come up with three reasons as to why the other person might have a point, and thus prove how the truth exists between the subjects in the dialogue and thus is owned by neither.



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