Bourriaud writes that the journey-form provides an iconography of global displacement. This can be clearly linked to my research. The global displacement is linked to multiplication which can be seen on the Internet: “Simply browsing the Internet in search of information, one gets a glimpse of this imaginary empire of the multiple. Every site explodes into myriad others”. Thus, multiplication is the “dominant mental operation” of our Altermodern era.
As I have wrote about several times before, my research was characterised as a form of cyberflânerie. Linking this to psychogeography, you can clearly see how the flâneur is defined by displacement in his travels, and therefore our Altermodern era of multiplication and the journey-form. Flânerie is relevent to contemporary art and times.
Franz Ackermann makes mental maps which include memories and personal notes, going beyond cartography. He expands on Situationist psychogeography, depicting contemporary experience of the transforming urban space. He traces journey-forms to map this transforming urban space. Linked to the Altermodern concept of Energy, his canvas paintings are accompanied/extended by objects, photos and drawings in the exhibition space. Bourriaud writes that these exhibitions come across as 3D computer screens with multiple files open onscreen, “windows onto hetergeneous data”.
Ackermann’s Mental Map: Evasion V:
I wonder if this is similar to how my exhibition will come across, with the Altermodern Energisation of my practice continuum and links to psychogeography.
I can see my own practice when Bourriaud says that contemporary painting is focused on a desire to represent an individual’s experience of space through intersecting spatial-temporal networks. This desire is also found in the cartoraphy of the GPS era as satellite images, transport routes and communication networks, reflecting contemporary experience of travel “[A]ll geography becomes psychogeography” in a world where space is totally surveyed by satellites and totally saturated, for example wi-fi, conversations manifested in phone signals, etc.
Here you can see the importance of psychogeography in contemporary art and life and that my work can be seen within this context.