My friendship with thesis, by P
So, I bid goodbye to my best friend today. She is size A0, folded 8 times into an A5 map. It is hard to describe my feeling after I dropped her off at D104-something. I just know that the past 7 months with her have been a great adventure. I have walked thousands of miles and have surely learnt a lot. Together, we’ve experienced all sort of feelings and emotions too. The road ahead is still long and full of challenges, but I’m glad at least it’s not covered in the midst of uncertainties and doubts anymore. I know where I am heading next and I am more excited than ever to start a new journey.
There is a problem with understanding everyday life in our highly connected and socially mediated reality. That is, we either get bored of the ubiquitousness – lost in the landscape of mundane modernity; or we pick up on new trends such as a minimalist, decluttering lifestyle which has accidentally filtered out the many delightful myths and enigmatic details that everyday life has to offer.
In order to make sense of the everyday life and truly embrace the beauty of it, paying attention to the everyday life ‘itself’ is an important first step. There are two ways of doing it. The first one is to put everyday life under a microscope of theoretical articulation and discourse analysis. The second one, a much more ‘playful’ and heuristic approach, is to go out and walk in it.
Psychogeography is the study of the impact that geographical environment has on human’s mind and behaviour. This paper is a personal documentation of my psychogeographical action research journey over the course of seven months in three different urban settings: Hanoi, Paris and London. It aims to discover and ‘map’ the connection between tangible and intangible manifestations that figure everyday life as a grid of cabalistic entanglement. That includes interrogating everyday life in terms of its dynamic processes, its multi-faceted physical layers of architecture and design objects; its social and historical connection to different cultural groups; and last but not least, its relation to cultural theory and Psychogeography as a learning approach in Higher Education.
To the lights that shine my path, thank you for your patience, your kindness and time:
Dr Mark Ingham, Dr Silke Lange, Tuan Nguyen, Duc Le, Asif Syed, Peter Phu, Chi Vu, Kan Thai, Xuan Phan, Quang-Anh Hoang, Austin Mitchell, Design Management & Cultures comrades and last but not least, my family.