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Dear friends and fellow wanderers
Spring is finally Springing and we will be meeting for our March derive this Sunday, 5th March, starting 2pm at the Albert Memorial, Albert Square Manchester. All welcome for a free communal wander with friendly folk interested in exploring our city with a critical mind and a curious heart.
In addition, I would like to share this call for papers for a conference session I am convening.
• New interpretations of Situtationist ideas
• Innovations, issues and debates around creative walking methodologies
• Issues of urban spatial injustice highlighted via imaginary, temporary and mobile spaces
• Activist, community and radical mapping practices
1 The focus:Themes, underlying hypothesis, empirical and/or theoretical basis, structure of the paper,
2 Word count: 300-500 words.
3 The contact of the author(s): Name(s), affiliation(s), address (including postcode), a phone number (will not be made public) and an e-mail address
Its First Sunday, This Sunday and time for our regular communal derive. This month we will start at 2pm 5th February outside Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak street.
We will be embarking on a deep psychogeographical study of space so please bring a pen, pencil or some other writing implement* and an open mind. All welcome to wander and wonder with us
*There will not be an exam and no revision is needed, we don't care what language you use or how scruffy your writin...g is. Hope you can come out and play x
PS the nature of the drift means we might not be easy to find for latecomers but we will be on the streets for about two hours. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments, you can post here or twitter @thelrm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi everyone, heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported The LRM in 2016 in so many ways, especially during Loitering With Intent. The best, of course, is still to come and I can see some marvellous adventures on the horizon....
It’s time for the first First Sunday of 2017, and in typical contrary style we have played with time so that it actually happens on Sunday 7th January.
We will be setting our intentions for another year of creative communal walking and will set off at... 2pm from the Vimto statue on Granby Row. The location is significant as it looks set to be the site of yet another battle for space in the city.
We will base this months wander this month on a combination of a classic dérive tactic and something new and rather fantastical as we gently remind everyone psychogeography does not mean local history. We will focus instead on creating the city of our dreams with every step we take.... As ever our bimble will be free, open to everyone, and finish somewhere warm for a beverage and chance to exchange travellers tales.
It would be wonderful to see you on the streets with us, and I wish you many inspiring and happy wanders in the coming year. If you have any questions or want to learn more please don’t hesitate to get in touch via facebook, twitter @thelrm or email email@example.com
with love, power and golden apples
Hi everyone, quick reminder First Sunday will actually be on Second Sunday in January, ie on the 8th. Details soon. In the meantime some friends of The LRM have surveys you may wish to contribute to (both posted before, but deadlines now looming):
Gmcvo Ardwick Heritage Project https://www.gmcvo.org.uk/ardwick-green-histories-and-sustai…
Cheers Morag x
This has been a truly remarkable year for Loitering and one of my personal highlights was the thrill of collaborating with the wonderful LoneLady on The Psychogeographical Sat Nav. You can hear The Street is Your Playground (LRM Mix) A Psychogeographical Sat Nav by LoneLady featuring The LRM on Soundcloud here https://soundcloud.com/lonelady/the-street-is-your-playground-lrm-mix-a-psychogeographical-sat-nav-by-lonelady-feat-the-lrm
I am somewhat discombobulated that there are still SIX copies of the ten inch single unclaimed, as the treasure hunt may have been a bit trickier than I imagined. Below is an update on which tokens have been found and where (which may help understand my thought process a bit). No more clues because, well, its all in the clue.
1 "We used to play here when it was still a real field. Bingo Jesus watched over a place of parties, protest and sanctuary as we waiting for the spaceships to arrive" NOT FOUND
2 “That isn’t a meteorite but I can see dolphins” FOUND by Paul Hazelhurst on Ardwick Green
3 "This was a Stella Bench to go bushing" NOT FOUND
4 "Sous les paves, la plage Sous la plage, le jeton!" LOST This was on the floor at People’s History Museum, beneath the shelf with an installation labelled (and illustrating) the Situationist slogan “Sous Les Paves, La Plage” or “Under the Pavement, The Beach” It had to be taken out when the exhibition closed, we have yet to decide what to do with unclaimed records
5 "We were born near this island, but fire, flood and the escalating cost of a pint mean we can never go home" NOT FOUND
6 "Take a peep into time" FOUND by Nick Dunn in Ancoats near one of Dan Dubowitz’s Peeps
7 "Chtcheglov says you'll never see the building, it doesn't exist, but the geese opposite disagree. They have never been bored in the city" NOT FOUND
8 "get wisdom and with all thy wisdom get understanding. Next door you can make some noise so get between the covers with our Folk" NOT FOUND
9 “Ella Ella Ella eh eh. It’s a right of way” NOT FOUND
10 “Shhhh, The city has dreams, memories, hopes, secrets. Sometimes they take shape. Remember the Princess of Hearts and the people's struggle against slavery (it ain't over yet)” FOUND by Hannah Berry in the Princess Diana Memorial, Lincoln Square
NB I have not retraced my footsteps so can only assume tokens are where I left them, the rules of the game are here: http://thelrm.org/entries/general/the-great-lonelady-lrm-treasure-hunt-is-on!
First Sunday for December is Sunday 4th and we will be meeting outside The Crown and Kettle on Oldham Road at 2pm for a classic old school derive
January 1st is first Sunday of 2017 but we will postpone a week so folk can get there
All welcome and it would be wonderful to see as many folk as possible
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to Loitering With Intent. Life and Big Bad Reality have stopped me from pausing to contemplate and say thus sooner but with a couple of weeks distance I can see what a truly wonderful unique exhibition/festival/shenanigan it was. It would not have been possible without the participation of so many wonderful wanderers, artists, mischief makers and everyday geniuses. My love and cheers to all, and hopes we can can loiter together again someday. Special thanks to John Hawes, Dale Meakin, Jane Samuels and People's History Museum for walking the extra mile and being loiterers of distinction.
And of course, this isn't the an ending.... The LRM will continue to gather together for our monthly First Sunday derives. The next one will be November 6th, starting 2pm outside Home Arts Centre on Tony Wilson Place. We will go for a wander and see where we end up. All very welcome to join us. There are still 6 LoneLady tokens to be found too....
Last day of Loitering With Intent today and also the last clue in the great LoneLady treasure hunt. The tokens to swap for a psychogeographical sat nav will stay in their hidey holes for a while yet but the track will vanish from the internet later today so listen now if you haven't. Here is that final clue:
"Shhh the city has dreams, memories, hopes, secrets. Sometimes they take shape. Remember the Princess of Hearts and the people's struggle against slavery (it ain't over yet)."
Token number nine:
"'ella, 'ella, ella, eh eh
It's a right of way"
Still only one record has been claimed.... if you are after additional clues I suggest the curator's talk on Thursday 13th October - 6pm at People's History Museum - may be useful.
When the exhibition closes on Friday at 5pm one of the tokens will no longer be able to be found and the song will vanish from soundcloud. We'll decide what to do with unclaimed records sometime soon(ish)
In the meantime Lonelady is here in all her magnificence: https://soundcloud.com/lonelady/the-street-is-your-playground-lrm-mix-a-psychogeographical-sat-nav-by-lonelady-feat-the-lrm
Here's a round up of the other unsolved clues, each leads to a location where a token is hidden in the vicinity.
Sous la plage, le jeton!"
"We were born near this island, but fire, flood and the escalating cost of a pint mean we can never go home"
"Chtcheglov says you'll never see the building, it doesn't exist, but the geese opposite disagree. They have never been bored in the city"
"get wisdom and with all thy wisdom get understanding. Next door you can make some noise so get between the covers with our Folk"