Field research

“One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive,a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiences. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll.

In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones.”

Berlin Derive 1-Treasure Hunt

Wed 20th Feb 2013

Start time 10.00 am

2 teams of three

To proceed to each stage of the derive/treasure hunt both teams must submit photographs of proof of their whereabouts.

  • Both teams assemble in the middle of the Oberbaumbrucke, Kreuzberg
  • One team heads north, the other south to the end of the bridge
  • From here both teams have to make their way on foot to a place where they might expect to receive a good television reception.
  • On reaching this place at least one member of the team must be photographed underneath the large tv aerial
  • From here head westwards to the ‘avenue of limes’
  • At the end of the avenue of limes you will reach a gate. Here you must find two soldiers dressed in different national uniforms. One member of the team to be photographed with both soldiers
  • Go through the gate and walk westwards up Midsummer Street
  • When you arrive at a golden angel placed on high take a photograph of it
  • At this junction head south through an animal garden until you reach the first road junction. At this junction take a right hand turn
  • Follow the road over Cornelius’s bridge until you reach the capital of Hungary
  • At the end of this street find two large stone elephants and post a photograph of two team members standing next to them
  • From here continue due West for a short while until you find King William’s Church, the top of which resembles a rotten tooth. The first team to photograph this landmark  with a team member standing underneath is the winners.

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