“Psychogeography” likely strikes the initiated as a word with a fairly niche following of academics. That’s a fair assessment. The word refers to the study of the effects that environments have on the emotions and behaviors of individuals. It’s is also the subject of Conflux Festival, now in its 7th year.
With the East Village as its locus, Conflux’s goal is to explore creatively the relationships between art, technology and the city. This year’s theme is “investigation, action, and transmission” , which is likely why Undercity.org‘s subterranean explorer Steve Duncan is giving the keynote. Duncan’s work ranges from the improbable to the breathtakingly dangerous, making him a more compelling keynote speaker than most.
But there’s more. Walking tours, DJ Sets, table discussions, sermons (!) and even a talk by Foursquare Founder Dennis Crowley populate the festival’s weekend’s chin-scratching schedule of events, making this a perfect event for professional and amateur psycho-geographers alike.
Outdoor events are FREE, and indoor ones, located at NYU’s Barney Building, are five bucks for non-student ID-carrying citizens. Students get in for $3.
NYU Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant St. (East Village)
FREE – $5