Category Archives: psychogeography


Topography melts into biography in Nick Papadimitriou’s Scarp. Landscape immersion becomes Papadimitriou’s analgesic for alienation from society as he is guided by a brew of scattered concepts—some grounded in the international avant-garde of the 20th century, others borrowed from obscure … Continue reading

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Art as Technique

When Calvin Payne decided to release a book documenting his research into the history of manhole and sewer covers in Sheffield he got an unusual amount of media attention. A national tabloid newspaper called him “The Drainspotter”—running an article with … Continue reading

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Shopping malls are surreal. Time stops in them and you are simultaneously somewhere and nowhere. The sumptuous consumer paradises have no history—they just exist. They force you to adapt to a new geography—one of a prescribed route through nameless air-conditioned … Continue reading

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Guerilla Heritage in Newcastle

Newcastle does not boast much in the way of Czech heritage so it’s surprising to see a blue plaque dedicated to Jára Cimrman, the famous inventor, traveler, philosopher, detective, amateur obstetrician, writer and poet. Cimrman’s national acclaim was recognised when the Czech people voted … Continue reading

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Jock McFadyen’s Painting

Reading something by Iain Sinclair and he mentioned the painter Jock McFadyen a few times. After the third or fourth namedrop I trotted off to look at his work (digitally) and can understand why Sinclair was so effusive. McFadyen’s realist paintings … Continue reading

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Newcastle’s Dead Mall

The Newgate Centre on Newgate Street in Newcastle sits forlorn and awaiting demolition after an exodus of its tenants. The 1960s building has been subject to re-development proposals for a decade and it now looks like a mixed-use residential/commercial replacement has been approved. … Continue reading

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Ghost Roads / Astroturf Proving Grounds / Dead Railways

Trying to take a shortcut from housing estate to industrial estate in Gateshead on my way to walk the abandoned Leamside railway line from Follingsby and end up walking down a dead end path that only leads to a fence … Continue reading

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