Saturday, April 02, 2005

Introduction to psychogeography

swimming pool. Image hosted on my Flickr site.

On Thursday night I joined some members of the Toronto Psychogeography Society on one of their walks, which was something I'd been thinking about doing for awhile. The walk started in St. Jamestown, Toronto's most densely populated neighbourhood. We meandered amongst the highrises, saw a drained swimming pool (above), then walked past the cemetery. Shawn said he'd visited the cemetery once during Doors Open. It had been quiet, and a worker had opened the door of a cremation oven and let him peer at the pile of human bones inside, awaiting pulverization. Heat still radiated from them, he said.

We walked up and down a posh cul-de-sac and saw, through bay windows, wealthy people watching their plasma-screen TVs. Then we walked around the Rosedale Heights School for the Arts, then down a long wooden stairway that led to a field under the Prince Edward Viaduct. It was very dark down there, and the bridge was vast. We watched subway trains roar back and forth above our heads.

We went back up and walked across the Viaduct. Jessica would like to figure out a way to play the Luminous Veil like a giant harp or zither, and record the sound. She hopped up on the wall so as to better reach the outer strings of the Veil, and we discovered that people honk at you when you do that:

Luminous veil. Image hosted on my Flickr site.

Then we found a community garden, and a footbridge, and then we went for beer. There are a few more photos on my Flickr page.

It's so warm out, finally! I highly recommend getting a group of people together and exploring the city.


Anonymous ward said...

awesome! tell me more ...

4:18 a.m., April 03, 2005  
Blogger ranjit said...

Singing Bridges!

I traded garlic creditos for this information!

10:36 p.m., May 08, 2005  

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