The Worcester Dérive
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Above is the PDF document of the final piece. The text, as i stated earlier was rendered to a smaller format to clear up the space and add a touch more delicacy to the representation of the Worcestershire subconscious mind Given my time again i would definitely like to conduct more surveys with a wider cross section of people to get the map as full and as random as possible. I think it’s a piece that doesn’t have a clear end and could always be manipulated further and further to get as many emotions and senses into the map as possible.
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The above link is for the ideas and developments section of my Independant study.For the clean look i was after i felt that using the computer and the programme illustrator would be a lot more effective in terms of the overall look of the design. Garath Wood is an illustrative cartograher who recently mover to the city of Bristol. Since his move three years ago he has documented his time there on his beautiful and detailed map based on his walks around the city and the buildings and features which have held the most impact to him. Resulting in this incredibly detailed piece of work. Below, i roughly attempted to illustrate something similar with the area around the river in mind as opposed to the gargantuan task of the city as a whole. From this doodle i began to see the ramifications doing a task like this would entail and the complications. To incorporate the text into the design i would have to leave enough space amongst the drawings, of course it would be possible to pick out the key things that were observed from the walks, yet it wouldn’t be possible to do this for all of the comments and it was important to me not to pick and choose with what the participants had said. I didn’t want to be a filter and take out the bits that i felt were inappropriate or boring, i wanted it to be about their derive in the purest of forms, and so it was a clear decision for me to go with the computer and render the comments more effectively on illustrator as opposed to hand rendering or incorporating mixed media of both drawing and computer.
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Here are the consent forms i showed to each of the participants before performing the surveys. I held their anonymity in high regards and made sure to keep their information confidential. Although for the most part their details weren’t confidential, their presence wouldn’t add or detract anything from my study and so i felt it best to keep them out.
Participant Survey Trails – CLICK ME
Hyperlinked above are the results from the psychogeographic trails i conducted with a variety of participants across the city of Worcester. I used an application called Map My Walk on my mobile phone to track the routes that each participants went on, and found to my dismay that there were certain bugs that need to be fixed within the app. When held stationary for a prolonged period of time the little route tracker doesn’t sit still with you and jumps all over the circumference of the map, making it, in some cases completely impossible to decipher. This would have been an issue had i not accompanied my participants on the walks themselves. I was able to roughly work out the routes where the application had failed going by what information i had taken in on the day.
Each participant is to remain anonymous as this made each feel more at ease when telling me their individual memories and senses according to the Derive. I suppose this is much like photographer only on a much more personal level. Each were happy for me to use the information on my map, yet didn’t want to be named.
From these walks i concluded that the participants were, for the most part, keen to undertake walks they’d been on previously to avoid the risk of getting lost, even though i’d made clear at the start that they had an open ended destination and time frame and were free to wander about as the pleased.
I really enjoyed going on these walks, the participants were all of varying ages, genders, nationalities and with different occupations. The walks were interesting by way of the conversations that cropped up and were an insight into me, a person who was born without their sense of smell, just how bombarded the average person is with smells in their day to day activity when they start to focus on what is around them.