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Dérive by Lincøln

January 2nd, 2008 1:30 AM / Location: 34.015228,-118.4995

INSTRUCTIONS: Among the various situationist methods is the dérive [literally: 'drifting'], a technique of transient passage through varied ambiances. In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.

One can dérive alone, but all indications are that the most fruitful numerical arrangement consists of several small groups of two or three people who have reached the same awakening of consciousness, since the cross-checking of these different groups' impressions makes it possible to arrive at objective conclusions.

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Undertake a dérive, and report your objective conclusions to your fellow players.

On Christmas day I don't know what came over me, but I just got wrapped up and had to complete this task. After a fantastic Newtonmas festivity, some friends of mine and I decide to go see a movie (it was either a movie or a game night, and we decided to do game night the next night). When the film was over and I was watching the credits (as I do), my friends all left. The movie theater we went to was in a real trendy hip part of Santa Monica where they just closed a street for three blocks and it's only used for foot traffic like a mall (we went there because one of my friends is in a wheelchair and doesn't like to go to unfamiliar places all too often, so we went to his neighborhood). Well, after the film all of my friends went to a bar down the street where they have a little shuffleboard court. I was uninterested in going into a bar or playing shuffleboard, so I went for a walk instead.

I thought about this task. I wasn't planning on doing any tasking this night so didn't have a plan, and the one task I have ready to do I need a documentarian for, so I just wandered, letting myself be pulled along from one interesting thing to the next. I took lots of photos to document how I drifted from one place to the next. And it was an excellent opportunity to test out the long exposures on my new camera.
I walked all over Santa Monica for this.
Below are the pictures that I took on my three hour tour of Santa Monica at night on Newtonmas. At the beginning you'll see a map of where I wandered to and you'll see it was pretty aimless. If you want to see what I was thinking about for each picture go read my Night Photography completion. Read the captions over there to get a different story.

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My dérive route
Santa Monica and 2nd
Ocean and Santa Monica
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
Ocean Avenue
The pedestrian stairs to get to the beach from the bluffs
The pedestrian stairs to get to the beach from the bluffs
On the beach
On the beach
On the bike path
On the bike path
Just off the bike path
On the beach
On the beach
On the beach
On the beach
On the beach
On the beach
On the beach
On the beach
On the bike path
On the PCH
Stairs up to the pedestrian bridge spanning PCH
The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH
The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH
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The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH
The pedestrian bridge spanning PCH
The pedestrian stairs to get from the beach to the bluffs
The pedestrian stairs to get from the beach to the bluffs
Back on Ocean Avenue
On Ocean Avenue
On Ocean Avenue
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
On the bluff path
Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue.
Alley between Ocean and 2nd
Alley between Ocean and 2nd
3rd street promenade

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posted by Sui Generis on January 2nd, 2008 11:39 AM

I have nothing to say, except that I'd rather be in Santa Monica today. Because, damn, it's hard to dérive when it's -4° F outside.