Category Archives: psychogeography

Scarp

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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Junkspace

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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