“Exercises in the recognition or interpretation of the urban fabric, or urban text […] He took pleasure in the city’s streets, markets and cafes rather than its libraries and books […] the dérive is a technique for rapidly moving through various environments […] The concept of the dérive is inextricably bound with the recognition of effects of a psychogeographic nature[1] […] The dérive is the projection onto space of a temporal experience, and vice versa […] All cities are geological, and you can’t take three steps without encountering ghosts[2] […] It is a technique of transience, devoted to places themselves transient […] The dérive can be compared to the technique of disorientation.”

[1] Guy Debord, Theory of the Dérive.
[2] Ivan Chtcheglov, Formulary for a New Urbanism.

text: Vincent Kaufmann, The Poetics of the Dérive, 2001.
image: Becca Voelcker, Tower Hamlets.