Walking Inside Out is the first text that attempts to merge the work of literary and artist practitioners with academics to critically explore the state of psychogeography today. The collection explores contemporary psychogeographical practices, shows how a critical form of walking can highlight easily overlooked urban phenomenon, and examines the impact that everyday life in the city has on the individual.
Through a variety of case studies, it offers a British perspective of international spaces, from the British metropolis to the post-communist European city. By situating the current strand of psychogeography within its historical, political and creative context along with careful consideration of the challenges it faces Walking Inside Out offers a vision for the future of the discipline.
Dedication / Introduction: A Wander Through the Scene of British Urban Walking / Part I: The Walker and the Urban Landscape / 1. Longshore Drift: Approaching Liverpool from Another Place by Roy Bayfield / 2. Walking the Dog by Ian Marchant / 3. Incongruous Steps Towards a Legal Psychogeography by Luke Bennett / Part II: Memory, Historicity, Time / 4. Walking Through Memory: Critical Nostalgia and the City by Alastair Bonnett / 5. Selective Amnesia and Spectral Recollection in the Bloodlands by Phil Wood / 6. The Art of Wandering: Arthur Machen’s London Science by Merlin Coverley / 7. Wooden Stones by Gareth E. Rees / Part III: Power and Place / 8. Psychogeography Adrift: Negotiating Critical Inheritance in a Changed Context by Christopher Collier / 9. Confessions of an Anarcho-Flâneuse or Psychogeography the Mancunian Way by Morag Rose / Part IV Practising Psychogeography/Psychogeographical Practices/ 10. Psychogeography and Mythogeography: Currents in Radical Walking by Phil Smith / 11. Developing Schizocartography: Formulating a Theoretical Methodology for a Walking Practice by Tina Richardson / 12. Route Planning a Sensory Walk: Sniffing Out the Issues by Victoria Henshaw / Part V Outsider Psychogeography/ 13. Re-walking the City: People with Dementia Remember by Andrea Capstick / 14. Psychogeography, Anti-Psychologies and the Question of Social Change by Alexander John Bridger / Conclusion: The New Psychogeography / Notes on Contributors / Index
Tina Richardson is an independent scholar and guest lecturer in the field of psychogeography and urban semiology. She completed her PhD research at the University of Leeds, developing her own psychogeographical methodology called schizocartography. She ran Leeds Psychogeography Group from 2009 to 2013 and worked on a collaboration exploring the semiotics of the British seaside, "Reading the Arcades/Reading the Promenades."
Tina has had a number of articles published, including in Spaces and Flows and disClosure. She has presented a number of conference papers, for example at ‘Situationist Aesthetics: The SI, Now’ (University of Sussex) and was the invited speaker at the Land2 Symposium "Close to Home: Artists Reconsider the Local" (Leeds). Tina acted as co-editor for Parallax and associate editor for Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extraurban Studies. She featured on Radio 4 as a psychogeographer and in the local press in regards to a recent psychogeographical talk she presented on the musician Nick Drake.
Tina runs a blog dedicated to Psychogeography and Cultural Theory called Particulations: http://particulations.blogspot.co.uk/ which she has been writing since 2009, in addition to a website oriented around her own form of psychogeography: www.schizocartography.org and a research-based twitter account @concretepost.
Academic and/or non-academic, [psychogeography] sprawls across traditional boundaries of subject matter in a way that I find delightful; I loved this book for its diversity, quirkiness, and thoughtfulness … [This book] is rich, witty, thought provoking. For any therapist who embraces a social constructionist view of the self, it is a wonderful read!
Walking Inside Out . . . [is] a diverse and lively assortment of literary and more scholarly essays that constitutes a collective intervention in debates about the continued valence of walking as a species both of politics and aesthetics. . . .[This book] open[s] up an important space for debating the political and aesthetic value of walking in cities and their fringes.
This book is full of unanticipated gems […] it’s an enlightened celebration of the breadth of the contemporary psychogeographical practice.
Richardson’s book testifies to the richness and profusion of British urban walking today, by turns serious and light-hearted, intensely focussed, and freely rambling. More than armchair philosophy, these essays—by a motley rabble of loiterers, strollers, academics, writers, agitators and wastrels—make me want to depart my desk and head out into the city, leaving all maps behind.
I read this book in a single sitting, flying from Singapore to London. By the time we were over Afghanistan, I was hooked. Stumbling into the London streets from Heathrow Airport, I needed to walk into British pyschogeography, which as this collection shows, blends British grittiness and continental influences, creating something vital.
A bumper compendium, bubbling with insights and oddments, and a multiplicity of perspectives, Walking Inside Out accentuates the vibrancy of British psychogeography, its varied theories, walking styles, pathways, motivations. It will inspire you to stride out, to wallow in this weird Island, looking askance at its incongruities, vestiges, banalities, security apparatus, rural idylls, shabby seafronts, and the less trodden ways.
Walking Inside Out is more than a history of British psychogeography: it is a compelling drift through the conceptual space of the discipline as practised in the contemporary cultural and social situation. It points to psychogeography’s possible futures in all their theoretical complexity, playful subversiveness, political and therapeutical potential. An essential addition to the growing corpus of psychogeographical literature.
Walking Inside and Out takes you by the hand and leads you through the streets of late capitalism, gently wandering with the reader around inside the multicoloured and many-faceted mindscape of contemporary psychogeography. The spirit of this collection of essays reflects Richardson’s vision for the new psychogeography: open, forward-looking, refusing dogmas and simplistic categorisations. This book gathers together so many different ways of doing psychogeography, so many possibilities for being a psychogeographer, giving them all their due and celebrating the complex, joyous and challenging nature of the discipline. This book will surely become a classic of psychogeographical literature, a must-read for everyone who would stride confidently and subversively into tomorrow. (Words, Noises and Other Stuff)
“[A] diverse and lively assortment of literary and more scholarly essays that constitutes a collective intervention in debates about the continued valence of walking as a species both of politics and aesthetics, [Walking Inside Out] open[s] up an important space for debating the political and aesthetic value of walking in cities and their fringes in an epoch of rampant, even epidemic gentrification.”
"Tina Richardson is one of the key figures in contemporary British psychogeography and urban aesthetics. [F]or those of us interested in psychogeography she has provided a map of where we have come from and some pointers towards where we are going."
Editor Tina Richardson skillfully guides the reader through the diverse field of British psychogeography through a useful introduction – perfectly appropriate for both readers who are new to the subject as well as those with prior exposure to it. . . .Walking inside out is a focused, enthused, engaging and diverse resource full of memorable narratives and transferable insights. It is a book that testifies to the rich diversity of ways of walking, the multiplicity of walking styles and motivations, and the depth of a tradition that is very much alive both in and outside the British Isles. Equally theoretical and substantive, playful and serious, and balanced in its attention to methodological and counter-cultural possibilities, Walking inside out will lead readers to wonder, and wander, through the vast field of psychogeography.
[T]he strength of this collection is to offer an overview of contemporary British psychogeography while also practicing it. This means that the essays presented in the collection are not only about psychogeography, but psychogeographic in the first place, in that they embody (different conceptions of) psychogeography even before reflecting upon it.
As one of the first academic surveys of the heterogeneous field of psychogeography as it is practiced across the United Kingdom in the present day, Walking Inside Out is an ambitious undertaking … Bringing together both recognizable and established names in the field alongside contributions from emerging researchers and practitioners, Walking Inside Out demonstrates just how thoroughly the appeal of the ‘toolbox’–like quality of psychogeography (Richardson 2015: 3) cuts across disciplines.