Beginning in mid-March, 2005, Glowlab will be published in the form of a bi-monthly web-based magazine for psychogeographic projects. Our regular members and guest contributors are getting set to bring you fresh psychogeographic adventures in the form of performances, walks, interventions, multimedia/tech-based work and more. Project documentation and related articles will be published in every issue, and we'll offer a running calendar of offline events for public participation. Each issue's publication will be accompanied by a Glowlounge event in NYC where contributors will present their projects in an informal setting. The Glowlab website will also include a news blog and an online forum to discuss psychogeography.
Founded in 2002, Glowlab is a Brooklyn-based psychogeography lab. We aim to explore the various ways in which people are interpreting the idea of psychogeography today, at a time when the paper maps used in early dérives have been supplemented by mobile phones, wi-fi, GPS systems, and advanced field-recording techniques. By presenting new interpretations of traditional psychogeographic methods and practices, Glowlab supports and promotes the collective evolution of the field.
Psychogeography is an open and highly experimental discipline concerned with the ways in which the geographic environment affects emotions and behavior. The Situationists first coined the term psychogeography in the 1950s. They explored the city by engaging in “dérives” or observational drifts with the intention of discovering new perspectives on urban life. Current approaches to psychogeography vary, and include artistic, political, philosophical and scientific work in fields ranging from architecture to street art. Glowlab is particularly interested in the psychogeographic elements of contemporary public-space art, including performance, documentary work, film/video and urban research. We aim to bring together diverse perspectives on emerging methods and practice of psychogeography.
In May 2003 Glowlab produced the first annual Conflux, a festival and conference in New York dedicated to current artistic and social investigations in psychogeography, held at community art and activist center ABC No Rio. In May 2004, the second annual Conflux took place at PARTICIPANT INC on the Lower East Side. The event grew to include over 50 artists from around the world who engaged in a wide variety of public-space projects, lectures, performances and audio events over the course of four days.
Glowlab has worked with organizations including Creative Time, Parsons School of Design, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Intel’s Berkeley Research Lab. Our projects have been featured extensively online and in publications such as the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Time Out, New York Press, and Utne, PDN and Flash Art magazines.
Glowlab was founded in 2002 by Brooklyn artist Christina Ray.
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