Final programme available

11 06 2008

The final version of the programme for TRIP 2008 is now available to download here *

Plus, watch this space for exciting news about an event at the Briton’s Protection Pub on the final night of the festival (21st June). Parking Non-Stop will be performing Remains of a Future City, plus more acts and performers to be confirmed.

* Please note this is an updated version uploaded on 12th June at 3pm GMT. Any versions downloaded before that time will be incorrect.

TRIP is go!

14 03 2008

TRIP registration is now open

Please click on the registration tab above to see how.



We’ve also added details of the conference and art/inteventions – please select the appropriate tab above. Finally, we’ve put up some directions to the venues confirmed so far.

Come trip with us… 

Get lost with us…

6 03 2008

Affiliated with and running parallel to TRIP… 

The LRM are delighted to announce Manchester‘s second international psychogeography festival this May and June – and we’d like you to get involved….

We need loiterers and urban explorers, artists of all kinds, walkers, talkers, map makers, historians, situationists, space invaders, dreamers, mischief makers and more – anyone who is interested in looking at Manchester in a different way is welcome to join us.

We are planning a programme of events including visual art and urban interventions so we’re looking for people who want to create a spectacle, lead an exploration, go for a wander, play a game, make art, start a debate or have fun getting lost in the city.

Please come with us on our mission to remap Manchester. Our city is for more than shopping; we want to take psychogeography onto the streets and have some fun.  Help us reclaim Manchester for those who love the place and want to loiter here.

The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) is an open collective of artists and activists who can’t really agree on what psychogeography means but we like DIY maps and plants growing out of the side of buildings. Gentrification makes us sad but we believe our city is wonderful. We’ve been involved in various shenanigans and every first Sunday of the month we go for some sort of walk.

The Royal Exchange Theatre will be hosting our exhibition from 26th May – 28th June and there will be miscellaneous activities across the city. The LRM have some (limited) resources and practical support to help you make your idea a reality. 

To get involved please email or contact The LRM on 07974929589  as soon as possible and definitely before April 1st.

Conference takes shape

18 02 2008

We’ve had a series of exciting and interesting paper submissions for the conference aspect of TRIP. As well as from throughout the UK, the ‘international perspectives’ aspect of the TRIP title is being achieved with submissions from the US, Japan, Denmark and Egypt. More details on the conference structure and sessions, as well as how to register for the whole event, soon.

We’ve also been overwhelmed by artistic/creative works, walks and interventions. More details on these soon as well.

Disco Operating System @ TRIP

18 02 2008

We are pleased to announce that Disco Operating System will be performing alongside a video artist (tbc) at the TRIP first night reception at URBIS. This will be specific and unique commision for TRIP. DOS, in their own words, take “great glee in creating solid chunks of electronic joy from random patterns of radiophonic detritus and partially melodic undertones.” More on DOS here and their record label Lotta Continua here.

Keynote confirmed

5 12 2007

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Alastair Bonnett (School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle) has kindly agreed to deliver the keynote address at the TRIP reception at Urbis. Professor Bonnett has recently written on the ‘Nostalgias of Situationist Subversion’*  and was the editor on the psychogeographic journal ‘Transgressions: A journal of urban exploration’.

*Theory, Culture and Society, 2006, 23 (5), 23-48.

Urbis Reception

21 11 2007


We are pleased to announce that Urbis have kindly agreed to host the opening night reception for TRIP on Thursday 19th of June. The evening will include a keynote speech and music from a local artist. More details to follow.

Crowd Mapping

12 10 2007

As a taster of the sort of things that could happen at TRIP, Shaping Systems have produced a video documentary following an art project called Crowd Mapping (designed and created by Bob Dickinson).

Deadline for proposals extended

24 09 2007

Just an update, that we have extended the deadline for paper and project submissions for the TRIP conference and festival until 22 December 2007 – please click here to see details of this exciting event focusing on psychogeographical studies and practices of urbanism, focusing on artistic, academic and activist contributions to understanding and changing city spaces. Please forward this linkto anyone that might be interested in attending.

Call for Papers and Projects

26 07 2007


  • Psychogeography
  • Neogeography
  • Deep topography
  • Urban interventions
  • Locative media
  • Collaborative Mapping


Between June 19 and 22, 2008, TRIP brings together artists, academics, movers, shakers, do-ers and dissenters in a unique event combining an interdisciplinary conference with a city-wide series of  actions, exhibitions, and screenings. TRIP enables the previously separate worlds of theory and practice to interact, initiating new approaches and energies, and furthering techniques to take on and alter the physical environment.


Beginning as a reaction to the industrial revolution, the re-imagining of the city by romantics, bohemians, and avant-gardists evolved into a diverse range of strategies, practices and arguments, from the psychogeographic drift or derive to the artistic intervention. By the 1990s these were being utilised by artists, writers, activists, and historians, attempting to negotiate urban and rural space in the post-modern world.


But practices developed in the twentieth century encounter a different world in the twenty first – a more observed and policed world on the one hand, a more corporate, globally-connected world on the other. Increasingly the body, social, individual and political, is the site of contradictory demands – the demands to consume versus the demands of control.


TRIP will be based at Manchester Metropolitan University, on the city’s main southerly corridor, Oxford Road. But we want events to take place throughout Manchester, in as wide a variety of spaces and venues as possible. Like many northern cities, Manchester is changing fast.  Perhaps you want to critique the implications of “regeneration”, or perhaps you want to stimulate new ways of engaging with an increasingly consumerised environment. Maybe you’re passionate about the possibilities of inventive walking and drifting, or maybe you’re a performance artist aiming to change the energy of a public space. Wherever you’re coming from, TRIP wants to hear from you with your ideas.


To submit a paper, you should send an abstract outlining your subject and the key points of your presentation.


To submit an idea for an intervention, performance or a walk involving members of the public, please outline in one paragraph the aims and ideal locations for your project.


To submit an idea for a gallery-based project, please outline in one paragraph the thinking behind your installation or work.


Please try to keep your paragraphs to a maximum of 200 words. And don’t forget your contact details. Deadline for submissions: October 1st 2007.


Submissions should be emailed to:


The festival proceedings will be fully documented and recorded, and an edited volume of essays, art and photography will be published at a later date.