RED WINE TRACES………………………………………………………

"In intoxication, physical or spiritual, the initiate recovers an intensity of feeling which prudence had destroyed; he finds the world full of delight and beauty, and his imagination is suddenly liberated from the prison of everyday preoccupations." (Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy).

JOHN WILD : psychogeographer of dataspace will be facilitating a night drift from KINGS X///////

“””””’ Taking De Quincey, Rimbaud and Verlaine as his spiritual guides, John Wild will facilitate a drift from Housman’s Bookshop Kings cross towards Hackney. You are invited to come along, armed with red wine, to drink, walk and drift. The drift is not a guided tour, rather a psychogeographic wander, an invitation to become lost and experience London in a drunken haze.............................. We will return Red Wine, from the polite middle classes, to Dionysos, mythological god of chaos, intoxicating, ecstasy, madness, and Liberation........................................................ As we immerse ourselves in the sensory experience of the drift, location data created by John Wilds mobile phone will be collated and archived. This location data reduces living places to a series of annotated grid references creating a secondary layer of space......................................a Cartesian grid of dataSPACE, which is overlaid onto the City and is suggestive of logic, order, rationality, Surveillance and control............................ This data will stand in stark contrast to the blurred recollections of our night of drinking and wandering.

Over the following weeks this data will literally be set in stone as its converted into a series of metal and concrete plaques that will be placed back at the locations indicated by the data, creating both a physical representation of dataspace and a memorial to the lived experience of the drift. The plaques represent data as a trace of experience in an attempt to reconcile the Cartesian with the phenomenological.

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Gather :: SAVAGE MESSIAH ISSUE 9 ZINE LAUNCH :: SATURDAY MAY 17TH :: 5PM-9PM :: HOUSMANS BOOKSHOP, CALEDONIAN ROAD, KINGS CROSS N1.

Then into OBLIVION………………………………………………………………….

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