I remember taking a hike in the woods during a still day with a friend, and we saw this leaf fluttering back and forth at the end of a low branch, all alone. Nothing else was swaying or moving, the leaf had found some kind of air current that had singled it out and was not affecting anything else. An anomalous leaf flutter. Although my recent focus has been on historic and industrial sound, I've been thinking a lot about experience, and how experience becomes translated into belief systems and personal philosophies, or how personal experience predisposes a person toward particular belief systems. Then, of course, how acting within these belief systems influences experience and how this dynamic then leads either towards or away from social acceptance and nourishment.
To single out a person with principles: Look for the saddest person in the room.
In the late nineties and early 2000's I was in the habit of making little books. I wish I could reproduce them here but they're all in storage still. One of them "This is Where" was concerned with the relationship between thought and the environment. I was wondering at the time: What is the connection between what one is thinking and one's physical location on the ground? So I went to the hardware store and got some yellow surveyor flags and walked around the upper west side. When I had a thought that seemed developed enough to relate in written words, I stuck the flag in a crack in the sidewalk and took a picture and wrote down what I was thinking. I left the flags where they stood. Another book, "Occasional's Thoughts" was based on the musings of a fictitious child, Occasional, who would walk through zones of urban decay with her doting father, Sigvaard, who would write down what she would say as they passed by certain locations, seeing certain things. In many ways I'm glad that I learned about psychogeography and the situationists after doing these projects. If I had known about this tradition, I would have probably altered the work in some way.
In the little reading that I've done up to this point, I think I can see a strong connection between the theories and methods of archaeological investigation with psychogeography and situationism.