A Digital Dérive

The dérive is a revolutionary strategy proposed by Guy Debord and the Situationist International, “a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances”. It is a critical tool for understanding power, control and influence in the urban environment by exploring the possibilities afforded by unplanned exploration of the urban environment, as well as being a revolutionary antidote to malaise and boredom!

We will take our participants on a dérive through hypertext – an open-ended exploration of digital space, as well as providing a short introductory talk on urbanism, psychogeography and critical social theory, and how they can be used to understand the politics of online space.

We aim to better understand how the architecture and politics of the modern web affect our experience of it, as well as developing everyday strategies for combating the concentrations of power which manifest themselves there, through a practical exploration of the digital public space.

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