Machine Ghosts Tour

Unveiling Brighton’s ghosts through psychogeography 

This free, participatory tour, envisioned with UCL’s Emma O'Sullivan as part of the Haunted Random Forest festival, took its participants on a radical journey through Brighton as an algorithmic playground, revealing hidden histories where the City was envisioned as a Machine that writes and rewrites itself.

This intervention found its greatest inspiration in the playful, crtitical, anti-authoritarian strategies of the Situationist International group that was prominent in 1950s Europe and birthed the fluid concept of dérive or “drift”, a new method for engaging with cities like Paris through psychogeographic walks that charted increasingly inconsistent evolutions of urban environments and their effects on individuals.

Drawing from this tradition, the tour exposed moments of access, control and liberation as understood by the machines, networks and algorithms that we engage with on a daily basis. Together with around 30 participants and a few brave node leaders, we explored a set of crowdsourced nodes using creative methods, unearthing machine spirits, languages and loves.

More details on the nodes and supernatural happenings of the Machine Ghosts tour can be found in this piece we wrote for Furtherfield, and tour photos are here.