‘Empty space’ is merely a container for a human’s notion of ‘nothing.’ It allows for the perception of ‘margins,’ ‘peripheries,’ ‘vacant lots,’ ‘unkown,’ ‘desert,’ ‘void.’ It is reminiscient, equated to, a synonym of zero, or null.  




This is a construct, or better put, a framework to make sense of the world; it concedes comparison between two or more things. An element of order; if not, the beginning of ‘order,’ which is reminiscient of ‘control.’




At my beginning, at my zero, I played with the idea of relinquishing my control, my personal order of space in New York. 


QUESTION I:
How do I relinquish my sense of control & space?


QUESTION II:

Would I be able to deconstruct my bias if I asked others to direct me, to tell me what to do?


EXPERIMENT I:

5 people had about 7 minutes to respond to questions I asked them regarding a future and potential location for me to travel to. They wrote their responses on paper.

CLICK HERE FOR A TRANSCRIPTION OF THEIR ANSWERS.


EXPERIMENT II:


I left my house and asked strangers to “tell me where to go to disappear” with the only limitation being that it wouldn’t take more than 7 minutes. For an hour, I shifted between a bridge and a subway station.  

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHERE I WENT.   




Liberation is realized struggle--this is the essence of Nietzsche's "self-overcoming." The present thesis might also take for a sign Nietzsche's wandering. It is the precursor of the drift, in the Situ sense of the derive and Lyotard's definition of driftwork. We can foresee a whole new geography, a kind of pilgrimage-map in which holy sites are replaced by peak experiences and TAZs: a real science of psychotopography, perhaps to be called "geo-autonomy" or "anarchomancy."
The TAZ involves a kind of ferality, a growth from tameness to wild(er)ness, a "return" which is also a step forward. It also demands a "yoga" of chaos, a project of "higher" orderings (of consciousness or simply of life) which are approached by "surfing the wave-front of chaos," of complex dynamism. The TAZ is an art of life in continual rising up, wild but gentle--a seducer not a rapist, a smuggler rather than a bloody pirate, a dancer not an eschatologist.


Hakim Bey in the T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism







Does the existence of margins/peripheries/empty-spaces/non-spaces represent the other/the marginilised? Is this what justifies the aggravation/the alien with the unknown?




How can I intervene within these vacant spaces to metaphorically and perhaps literally repurpose them and subvert what has lead things/critters to become ‘unseen’?



PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY is an improvisation of the movement and action within the parts and segments of a city. 

The dérive, literally translated to ‘drift’, is a mode of urban exploration governed by psychological impulse and emotional charge -

borne of this practice are subversive acts, playful investigations and alternative maps that allow a subjective and fragmented perception of a landscape to overturn its utilitarian nature.


ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY is a field of psychology that studies the ways that humans interact, inhabit and respond to their environment.

An example of the fieldwork that emerges from this discipline is the POE (Post-Occupancy Evaluation). It is a survey. Stakeholders use the collection of empirical data to verify whether the design of a building has met specific needs for the occupants’ well-being and performance of the function the building intended.


My exploration of space became limited by a perimeter established by the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, which laid down the foundations of the grid scheme of Manhattan.


I took on the role of a city surveyor, and created a survey based on the questions of an example POE and asked strangers about their experience of living in Manhattan - aiming to verify differences of behaviroual performance if one occupied the grid (between Houston and 155th st).


 

.....tbc


Mark