Visual Anthropology: Manchester


Psychogeography: A Beginner’s Guide. Unfold the street map of Manchester, place a glass, rim down, anywhere on the map, and draw round its edge. Pick up the map, go out into the city, and walk the circle, keeping as close as you can to the kerb. Record the experience as you go, in whatever medium you favour: film, photograph, manuscript, tape. Catch the textual run off of the streets; the graffiti, the branded litter, the snatches of conversation. Cut for sign. Log the data stream. Be alert to the happenstance of metaphors, watch out for visual rhymes, coincidences, analogies, family resembles, the changing moods of the street. Complete the circle, and the record ends. Walking makes for content; footage for footage.

(Robert McFarlane, A Road of One’s Own).

Made by: Zora Küttner, Dorien Theuns, João Meirinhos, Elsie Vermeer and Sophie Wagner

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