We are now facing challenging time but we can at least start looking for the ways to provide better future for the generations to come. Urban areas are overwhelmed with very complicated matrix of problems shared with the whole societies in crises.
Deterioration of wellbeing due to the disappearing energy resources, pollution of natural resources, and serious problems of urban space, is “screaming” for action. PERCEPTION, from the pedestrians perspective, is where we have to start. We “The Citizens” need to be identified and influence resilient renewal. Performance by itself is a social engagement and its adding to the much needed sense of belonging to the space.
Plato, the Greek philosopher, tried to classify the art starting from his teaching about miming of reality. Most emphasis was on two categories of so called productive art: one that create reality – architecture and the other one that imitate reality – painting/visual art.
On top of that Leonardo da Vinci in his famous Trattato della Pitura, is saying that artist is nothing else then collector of “things” stolen from various sciences, in our case psychology and geography, and that is how fictional, creative, composition is made.
That bring us to the >psycho<geography> playground.
The way we perceive the world is quite complex. At first we are focusing on a single point of interest, urban square for example. The scene presents far more sensory information than human brain is capable of sorting through. About four times every second, the brain stops taking snapshots of individual points of focus and collects background information from the environment influenced by memories. Without us knowing it the brain uses all of this to stitch together a narrative of the complete experience.
Psychogeography is ideal way to contemplate value of “social gathering” in this challenging time when we all perform “physical distancing”.