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Geog 222 Exercise 1: Mapping PsychoGeographies

Revised: 1/12/18

ASSIGNED in class Fri. January 26
DUE in class Wed. January 31: group update on progress
PRESENT: group presentation of project in class Mon. February 5

Exercise Worth: 50 pts

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On your "Age of Majority": If you are not yet 18, please talk to your concerned instructor. I would gladly send my kids on this psychogeography expedition but you may be a bit more delecate.

On "Engaged Discomfort": Getting out of your comfort zone is a useful pedogogic strategy. Discomfort (of diverse kinds) leads to physical and mental engagement which may serve to get your brain going and encourage insight, learning, and understanding. Thus walking about unknown territory paying attention to sensory and emotional imputs may be uncomfortable at times, but you will get something significant out of the experience. Keep in mind that it is OK to be a bit uncomfortable. However: use your senses and stay out of trouble (at least, stay out of too much trouble: a bit is ok).

Please review the materials on this page before you go out on your psychogeographic expedition. In particular, the links in part 3 have many useful resources and things to think about (which will lead to a better project)

Please work in groups: 2 or 3 persons. This means you have to contribute positively to a group effort.

1. Two expeditionary options:


Get in your groups...

  • Start with a paper copy of the Delaware area. Handout! monochrome is fine:

  • Have one group member close their eyes: with the map in front of them, draw a rough circle on the map (like below)

  • Please make SIX copies of the map (xerox, or scan and print, or whatever), with your route, one map for each of the categories of psycho phenomena (in section 3 below).

  • You will explore the circular route; also investigate TWO buildings along the way: try to find the lowest and highest point you can get in the building, or go somewhere peculiar in the building.

OPTION 2: Inside & Outside (only in case of really really cold weather, unexpected monsoons, or a spike in local skunk attacks)

Whilst in your groups...

  • Print a copy of the OWU campus map (as below or here). It does not have to be printed in color.

  • Have one group member close their eyes: with the map in front of them, randomly drop four points. These should fall off campus (on different parts of the map). Keep trying until you get four decent off campus locations.

  • Select five numbers, between 1 and 54 and write them down.

  • Mark on the campus map the OWU buildings/facilities which correspond with the first four numbers. If any of the buildings/facilities seem to be a bad choice (eg., the observatory is locked up) use your fifth number as a backup. Use the fifth number (building) if you find you cannot access a building while out in the field.

  • Connect the dots - the four buildings and four off campus locations. Use Google Maps or some other source to clarify the locations of the four off-campus locations.

  • Make sure you have six copies of the campus map (with your buildings, the four off-campus points, and the path connecting them all) so you get all the stuff (below) mapped out. You can xerox your original map with your path. Also take along at least 5 pieces of blank paper to sketch details of your explorations inside your four buildings.

  • Head out: please walk through the buildings you chose for your expedition and note any of the characteristics outlined below. For each building, head down to the basement and up as high as you can get, and try to get into at least one area you are not supposed to be in. Create a quick sketch map of the building and your path through it. Greet alarmed building dwellers with a cheerful smile and "hello, friend!" Tell them you are an official psychogeography inspector, and show them your card.

2. "Derive" (walk) the Line and Map What You Find

3. Include the following features on your map

4. Project Description

What's Due:


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