The Theory of Dérive and Augmented Reality Workshop Led by Wael Kodeih
“One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive [literally: “drifting”], a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll.” Guy Esnet Debord, Les lèvres nues, December 9, 1956
The dérive consists of traveling through urban space in an aleatory manner. One’s subjectivity is the central element. The dérive allows one to discover a metaphorical dimension to a space, and bestow it with a poetic value.
However, going on a dérive in the city is not a neutral practice. On the one hand, a dérive consists of a tool to get to know bits of the city, and to experiment with one’s emotions within it. On the other, it allows for a criticism of urban society and its spatial anchorage, constituting as such a subversive project.
Guy Debord’s text “Theory of the Dérive” will lay the foundation for this workshop. The
dérive which we will take will also involve the notion of ‘augmented reality.’
“All cities are geological, and we cannot take three steps without encountering ghosts, armed with the might of their legends. We evolve in a closed off landscape, where landmarks pull us incessantly toward the past.” Gilles Ivain (1958)
This workshop is open to sound artists, musicians, writers, photographers, video makers, visual artists, animators, and students in the arts.
Maximum: 10 participants
Date: 9, 10, and 11 December from 11 am to 6 pm
Language: English (depending on the participants)
Workshop Fee: 30$
Venue: Beirut Art Center – Location: Jisr El Wati area/Souk el Ahad – Lebanon