Cairned Psychogeographies: Crowdsourced Mappings of Space and Being
Cairned Psychogeographies is an installation and participatory art piece that reveals the collective spatial patterns formed between the built environment and its inhabitants. The project confronts questions of living and being, of how we experience our daily or weekly routines, and of what we see and where we go. Through mapmaking, participants are invited to reflect on their movements and behaviors in navigating through New York City. These cartographies serve as an educational introduction to visuospatial practice and critique of the urban landscape using psychogeography. The installation emphasizes drawing and seeing as inspired by the overhead projector, a device which engages visual literacy and mark-making and with a historied use in educational environments. As participants contribute their own patchwork cartographies, a collective cairn of images begins to form; of the spaces, movements, and emotions of New York’s urban dwellers.