Presentation: Guy Debord – Theory of the Dérive

On: October 11, 2006
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About Anne Helmond
Anne is a New Media PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She graduated on software-engine relations in the blogosphere and continues her research as an analyst-designer in the newly found Digital Methods Initiative of the University of Amsterdam. Anne is also a freelance photographer for various Dutch media including VPRO 3voor12.


In my presentation about Guy Debord’s article Theory of the Dérive I would like to argue that the current trend of Urban Exploring is based on the dérive, but that it differs from it on the following levels:

  1. The accent lies on normally inaccessible place whereas the dérive is usually based on accessible places.
  2. The accent on normally inaccessible places has the consequence of it often becoming an illegal practice. The dérive is in that sense quite innocent.
  3. In Urban Exploring there is a big emphasis on recording the urban exploration by filming or photographing it.
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