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Psychogeography is "The study of specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals", according to the article Preliminary Problems in Constructing a Situation, in Situationniste Internationale No. 1 (1958).
The precise origins of psychogeography are unknown but today it is practised in the West (ie Europe and America), formally in groups or associations, sometimes consisting of just one member. Known groups, some of whom are still operating, include:
- Manchester Area Psychogeographic
- Nottingham Psychogeographical Unit
- Greenwich Psychogeographical Order
- London Psychogeographical Association
- evoL PsychogeogrAphix
- New York Psychogeographical Association
- The Washington Psychogeography Association
- Brooklyn Psychogeographical Association
- Virtual Psychogeographical Association
- Desborough Hundred Psychogeographical Society
- Providence Initiative for Psychogeographic Studies
Disagreements have led to many variations in the practice which have included the following forms: Debordian; Literary; Generative or Algorithmic; and Quantum. Various factions claim to be or accuse each other of being: academic; occultist; avant-garde; proletarian; or revolutionary.
In May, 2003, psychogeographers gathered in New York for the first Psy-Geo-Conflux, an annual event dedicated to current artistic and social investigations in psychogeography. This was timed to coincide with a Talk:Cartographic Congress in Limehouse, London.
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