Psychogeographie by Antoine d’Agata
In the book, sentences are first presented as anonymous, before being identified as quotes from residents, officials and politicians.
Some are surprisingly socially violent and often racist.
Named after the first Situationist, Psychogéographie, through its multiple collages, follows the the tradition of the political photomontage.
‘The definition of photography as authentication of a presence, is being undermined today by the wide possibilities offered by digital manipulation. My job is defined, usually by a representation of this climactic: the actual experience turns into a hallucinatory vision, calling into question the relationship, as intense as separate between photographer and subject. Identified a transgressive universe, these traits have evolved in a different horizon of thought, the more directly political, that of the contemporary city rehabilitated.
Produced as part of a public commission expected to document the changes of a large urban city, psychogeography, which is a numerical experimentation, remains committed to a presence document, as fragile as it is. It is also a political act, inspiration, without qualms, a situationist approach. Psychogeography is defined by Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”
The copy we have will be sold with a plastic cover that protect the front, spine and back of the book.