The Dérive

"The sudden change of ambiance in a street within the space of a few meters; the evident division of a city into zones of distinct psychic atmospheres; the path of least resistance which is automatically followed in aimless strolls (and which has no relation to the physical contour of the ground); the appealing or repelling character of certain places - all this seems to be neglected."

​ Guy Debord, ' Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography'

The Dérive ("drift" in english) was a theory put forth by french theorist and writer Guy Debord in 1956. He describes the dérive as an unplanned journey through an urban landscape in which the participants step outside of their everyday relationships with the city and "let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there". The intention is to step outside of everyday familiarity and playfully de-familiarize yourself with yourself and your surroundings.

Neil Doshi
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