Wednesday, 29 July 2015

August First Sunday

Dear Loiterers

Its First Sunday, This Sunday and many loiterers have dispersed far and wide to celebrate Summer elsewhere. Therefore we are going to try something a little bit different, which also means friends who can rarely get to Manchester can join in as well. It’s a First Sunday for anyone, anywhere!

At twelve O’clock on Sunday 2nd August I will begin to tweet some derive instructions, these will appear for 90 minutes or so and you can see them by checking @lrm If you aren’t on twitter I can text the instructions, if you would like this please make sure I have your phone number by texting me on 079 749 29589.  Please follow the instructions in your own way – they will be open to interpretation and of course you need to take care and be mindful of your environment. It would be wonderful if folk could let me know how it is going by tweet or text but that is, of course, entirely optional.  Because I don’t want to go a month without wandering collectively there will be a chance to share stories, and  go for a walk, on Wednesday 5th August. Meet in the Sandbar, Grosvenor Street, at 6pm.

There are also several developments in Manchester which are anti-loitering and which you may want to object to. The Camp for Homeless Justice are in court tomorrow fighting an injunction which could potentially criminalise rough sleepers and be used to suppress demonstration and lawful protest. The consultation periods are also open for plans to close the Undercroft on Rochdale Canal at night, and to build some very dull flats on Pomona, a favourite place to loiter. Much has been written about this elsewhere, if you do need more information (or it would be helpful to read my objections) please do get in touch.

I hope to walk with you virtually on Sunday and see you on the streets soon

Best wishes


Monday, 20 July 2015

We SHALL overcome

Psychogeographers of the world unite and take over (for one weekend at least)
As some of you know in October The LRM are dedicating our First Sunday derive in Manchester to the We Shall Overcome weekend. This is a collective howl of rage and love celebrating arts and culture, supporting those affecting by austerity and showing solidarity.

I am calling on all comrades in loitering to get involved with We Shall Overcome wherever you are. I be...lieve there is an inherent politics in the practice of psychogeography, and I know I’m not the only person to worry it gets buried sometimes under layers of art and / or academic language and / or the sheer joy of wandering. Yes, there is a lot to criticise about The SI but “sur le pave, la plage” still resonates with me as the spectacle becomes ever more suffocating.

I believe at its heart psychogeography (however you define it) is about
O sharing the hidden stories of our streets and the people who have lived and struggled here
O understanding the hidden power struggles that shape our lives
thinking about who controls space, who uses it and who doesn’t and why
O (re)mapping and (re)imaging where we wander
O respecting the many diverse communities who make our homes what they are
O starting conversations, having a good time and reclaiming the streets for more than shopping

what could be more appropriate to a free festival of resistance, solidarity and joy?

So PLEASE think about doing something on the 2-5 October. It could be a wander, a talk, a reading, an exhibition, a film night, an action, a creative reclaiming of space or anything really - but it would be truly wonderful to get psychogeographic component to We Shall Overcome.

I’m more than happy to share any tools I have that may be useful or to chat through any ideas you may have. Let’s take it to the streets all over the psychogeographic universe!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

July First Sunday

It's First Sunday This Sunday (well, it isn't strictly speaking but we played with time shifting this month). We'll be meeting outside Home on Tony Wilson Place (!) at 1pm for a communal dérive of some sort. All welcome to drift around the city with us and it would be lovely to see you xx

PS I'm putting this here as a reminder to myself. This Summer I am finally going to sort out The LRM website

Friday, 3 July 2015

July First Sunday

Hello everyone

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine, as mentioned before July has played a time-shifting trip on us. First Sunday has been temporarily displaced to Sunday 12th July, details to be confirmed. My apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience but I hope to see you soon. In the meantime this looks ace: Manchester’s Improving Daily

Also, from 2007 here are some instructions for a DIY derive, because wandering is for life, not just for First Sundays.

1 Stop what you're doing and tap your heels together. Spin around if you feel like it. (the LRM accept no liability for any accidents that may occur due to over zealous spinning so please take care).

2 Head off in whichever direction takes your fancy and wander at will until you want to stop.

3 As you traverse, aim to discover something new and marvellous and look for something you have never seen, felt or listened to before (we bet there will be something).

4 Repeat as desired at intervals through out the day or don't. If you think this is pointless you may be right. But we think it will be fun and we can create something beautiful from it.

6 If you do have an adventure please send us a few notes, observations, random words or pictures.

Take care and see you on the streets soon

Morag x

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Hi everyone FIRST SUNDAY THIS SUNDAY but with massive apologies its going to time-shift to a slightly later date, more details and a DIY derive for those who simply must wander this week will be posted tomorrow x