To mark 10 years of the Manchester’s Loiterers Resistance Movement (LRM), the psychogeography group is hosting an exhibition and series of events at the People’s History Museum.
The exhibition documents the past decade from LRM’s point of view, including a wide range of artefacts accumulated while carving their niche in the city’s timeline, paraphernalia from campaigns and activism relating to right to roam and heritage, and photographs, drawings and DIY maps all sharing their spirit of adventure. Posters, salvaged items, and cards from their own walking game, CCTV Bingo, all join film clips and sound installations on display at the People’s History Museum until 14 October.
Its programme of events features workshops, talks, symposiums, theatrical performance – and of course walks – with topics such as GPS (Spatial Machines, Sat 13 Aug, 12-4pm), public toilets (Wandering Around The Toilet, Wed 15 Sep, 2-4pm), and inspirational women from the city (Manchester Modernist Heriones Walk, Thu 18 Aug, 2-4pm). And if you’re still unsure about what psychogeography is, then hopefully the talk and gallery tour (Sun 14 Aug, 2-4pm) will explain.
Less a rambling society and more a political statement about freedoms within the increasingly privatised streets of the city’s ‘public realm’, the LRM formed in 2006 to operate monthly walks through Manchester, paying homage to the French situationists’ ‘dérive’, or ‘aimless wander’. Modern proponents include Will Self, whose 2007 book, Psychogeography, was a series of newspaper columns written as an ode to the hidden arts of the built environment as well as the psychological benefits of taking the time to look around and explore your surroundings.
The exhibition will be free to view between 23 July and 14 October, 2016.
For a full programme of events taking place during this period, visit thelrm.org/events
People’s History Museum