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Iain Sinclair's Walking Practice around London

Updated: Jan 13, 2020


London Review of Books. (2017) Iain Sinclair: The Last London. [Online], Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B05mdDG8k2s&t=4s


Iain Sinclair is one of the most celebrated figures associated with Psychogeography in the UK. In "Lights out for the Territory" Sinclair drifted in the city of London, "to walk out from Hackney to Greenwich Hill, and back along the River Lea to Chingford Mount. " he explored the hidden city and memorials of London from the historical and geographical investigation. According to Sinclair "The concept of 'strolling', aimless urban wander, the flâneur, had been superseded. We had moved into the age of the stalker; journeys made with intent-sharp-eyed and unsponsored. The stalker was our role-model: purposed hiking, not dawdling, nor browsing. No time for the savoring of reflections in shop windows, admiration for art Nouveau ironwork, attractive matchboxes rescued from the gutter. This was walking with a thesis." (Sinclair, 1997) For Sinclair, walking becomes an individual practice, he didn't ask for a group activity. The purpose of his walking mainly focuses on the history and culture aspect, he sought to conduct research, a self- investigation through the act of "strolling". Sinclair keeps his walking practice around the city of London for over 30 years.


Reference:

Sinclair, I. (2003) ”Lights Out for the Territory” Penguin Books


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