Social Fiction maintains that "walking is the best way to experience the environment," and makes use, for example, of the "algorithmic walk." Using techniques borrowed from "The Game of Life" and combining them with the psychogeographic practice of flânerie, it experiences the city at the speed of an idle walk. For Social Fiction, a practical manifestation of these ideas-a way to get people out of their usual routine and see the city differently-was the formulation of an algorithm designed for walking through urban areas, one that decides the direction the pedestrian will go.
An algorithmic map like this one shows a psychogeographic walking route prescribed by one of Social Fiction's algorithms. It might represent a set of geographic instructions such as "walk straight two blocks; take the first left; walk three blocks; take the first right," and so on.
Wilfried Hou Je Bek was born in Tiel, Netherlands in 1975. He is a philosopher and psychogeographer based primarily in Amsterdam.
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