Saturday, September 29, 2007




SPACING TORONTO - On Sunday September 30th Spacing Magazine and the
Toronto Psychogeography Society present the Great Queen Street
Psychogeographic Walk, part of the run up to the Walk 21 conference in
Toronto. The walk begins at 2 pm at the Queen, King and Roncesvalles
intersection (in the space by where the pedestrian bridge leads over to
the lake). We will then stroll together in a completely unorganized
organized walk along the length of Queen Street to the RC Harris
Filtration Plant in the Beach, where people may disband or retire to a
public house nearby. The Facebook event listing is here.

Some psychogeographic walks wander and drift though the city randomly.
The Great Queen Street Walk will be linear - you'll get to experience a
perfectly straight line through the city. Many of us know parts of Queen
Street, but it and Toronto feel entirely different when you walk the
whole thing in a straight line.

-Two people may show up or 1000 people - either extreme or in between
will result in a unique trip through Toronto.

-The walk will not stop, but move along steadily. If you see something
in a store window it's likely you could go in and look at it then catch
up at any point. If you are with friends, use your mobile devices to
keep track of where the walk is.

-The walk won't have an official leader once we start, it will just move
along. After a few blocks the group may stretch out a block in length,
perhaps more. This is alright. Feel free to move in and around the group
whenever you want. Obey the traffic signals - this isn't critical mass.

-Instead of a marathon, think of this as a mobile cocktail party where
your conversations will bounce from person to person as we move along
Queen Street (supply your own discreet portable cocktail if you desire -
or even pop into the occasional bar along the way for a nip if you're
quick about it). It's likely you'll meet new people along the way, and
perhaps others will share their bits of knowledge about places along

-If you must leave before the end, that's just fine, but do it quietly
without a big production as to not make other people think the walk
should be over. Leaving is like sneezing, it's catchy.

-The walk will probably take 3 or 4 hours, depending on the general
pace. If you feel like moving slower, go ahead, you know where we'll be.

-Bring and invite whoever you want.

WIKIPEDIA - Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as the
"the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical
environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior
of individuals." [1]. A more straightforward definition is that it is "a
slightly stuffy term that's been applied to a whole toy box full of
playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities. Psychogeography
includes just about anything that takes pedestrians off their
predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban
landscape." [2] The most important of these strategies is the dÁüárive.

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