On 9 September 2017, explore your city with others around the world through randomly generated and synchronised tasks that are simultaneously drawn whether you’re in Rio or Rome, Kampala or Kuala Lumpur. Join us on #deriveday.

Dérive Day 2017 will tie in with the 4th World Congress on Psychogeography, hosted by the University of Huddersfield at Heritage Quay.

Artist Astrid Kaemmerling will host a session on Dérive Day and with that will kick of The Walk Discourse, a Bay Area (San Francisco) based laboratory for walking artists and walking enthusiasts to share walking art methodologies, practices and tools.

We are happy to have people join from across the world, and will for sure have some surprises in store during Dérive day. Let us know you are joining us through our Facebook event page.

So far

In late 2016, after several comfortable years as a web-app, Dérive app became available for download for iOS and Android. In Early 2017, we opened up the creation of custom decks through the app itself. So far, this has resulted in two new public decks, for Poznań and Oakland, one deck for Olomouc which anyone can get access to by contacting the author. In total, Dérive app now hosts over 50 different decks, most being privately used. 

What happens on Dérive Day 2017

Specially for Dérive Day 2017, we will expand Dérive app with ‘hosted dérives’. A number of times during the day, you can join a hosted dérive, where all participants are presented the exact same task cards at exactly the same time, wherever they are in the world. The resulting divergent experiences, wherever you will be in the world, will be testimony to your own unique views and your own unique location. 

Dérive Day 2017 ties in with the 4th World Congress on Psychogeography. One of the day’s hosted dérives will integrate into the events of the congress.

Dérive Day 2017 will also be the kick off event for the series of events Astrid Kaemmerling facilitates in and around San Francisco, called The Walk Discourse.
The Walk Discourse is a laboratory for walking artists and walking enthusiasts to share walking art methodologies, practices and tools and is set up together with artist Minoosh Zomorodinia. Astrid and Minoosh believe that we have to invest in the place we live in through playful and experimental (social) art that can lead to a change in perception and allow for the creation of a sense of place. The project aims to connect artists, researchers, and participants to promote walking art, and walking art research, and facilitate the generation and creation of new and innovative walking art projects.

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What’s next?

Contact us if you’ve got a great idea for hosting one of the day’s ‘hosted’ or ‘shared’ dérives.

Let us know you are joining us through our Facebook event page.