A look at Saint Etienne’s Chateaucreux area
At first glance, the Chateaucreux area with its train station seemed boring to me, without interest, too functional... Then, progressively, that changed after I discovered the notion of Psychogeography. Psychogeography, was first defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviours of individuals.”
At the same time I also explored the concept of drift which encourages individuals to abandon their usual way of interacting with their urban environment, their routines, actions, thoughts, feelings, expectations and let them simply be pulled along. These two studies made me want to practice drift in this space, and share my perceptions.
This was accomplished first through a photographic project and then by constructing several booklets based on the photographs and other materials. The booklets were made in different shapes and sizes and composed of maps, photographs, short texts, and quotations, etc... Through a combination of games, manipulation, construction, and deconstruction, the booklets guide the readers along the same line of modification and evolving urban planning that the current district has undergone over the last several years. The booklets express different feelings, moods, atmospheres born from my imagination and from the particularly personal connexion I developed with the area ; genuine fruits of my experiments with psychogeogrphy and drift.