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Manchester Area Psychogeographic

Levitation, Explosions, Exposures

24 July 2016

24 July 2016, Manchester Area Psychogeographic Levitation, Explosions, Exposures @ People's History Museum

Time 14:00 - 16:00

Duration 2 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3

24 July 2016, Manchester Area Psychogeographic Levitation, Explosions, Exposures @ People's History MuseumBob Dickinson, co-founder of Manchester Area Psychogeographic (MAP) talks about the history of Manchester’s first known psychogeographic group and publication, founded in 1995.  For the first time in 20 years, he will show a series of photographic slides taken during MAP’s dérives and interventions, including several images taken during the group’s examination of the site of the IRA bombing of Manchester city centre, soon after the explosion took place.

MAP was formed as a response to city centre gentrification, which by the early 1990s was starting to become evident in the city’s Northern Quarter.  Between 1995 and 1998, MAP published a series of nine newsletters, distributed by post, announcing and describing a series of activities across various sites around Manchester and elsewhere in the North West region.  MAP’s first manifestation, the Levitation of the Corn Exchange, took place on 10 February 1996, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival in Manchester of Dr John Dee, as Warden of the Collegiate Church.  Four months after the levitation, an IRA bomb destroyed much of the area nearby.  The extensive redevelopment of Manchester by the City Council was the subject of much subsequent comment by MAP.

Other MAP dérives explored Angel Meadow, Fairy Hill, the Nico Ditch, the walls of Chester, Chorlton’s link with the Victorian criminal Charles Peace, and the suburban bedsit land of EastThe LRM Didsbury.  Most (but not all) of these dérives were written about in MAP’s newsletters, and the only other record of them, and the people taking part, is contained in the slide photos that will be shown at this event.  MAP newsletters appeared irregularly but succeeded in connecting the group with other contemporaneous bodies including the London Psychogeographic Association (LPA), the Neoist Alliance, the Association of Autonomous Astronauts (AAA), and others.  Bob will also bring along original copies of MAP newsletter and other documentation.

Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.Arts Council England

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