A Dérive is a French concept meaning an aimless walk through city streets, that follows the whim of the moment. It is sometimes translated as a drift. The dérive, or drift, was defined by the Situationists as the "technique or locomotion without a goal", in which "one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and their leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there."

French philosopher and Situationist Guy Debord used this idea to try and convince readers to revisit the way they looked at urban spaces. Rather than being prisoners to their daily route and routine, living in a complex city but treading the same path every day, he urged people to follow their emotions and to look at urban situations in a radical new way. Debord saw the dérive as politically subversive act.

For the dérive as assignment the concept that determins the route will be fixed before leaving.
The routes have to be totally different from the ways you usually walk through Vancouver.
Groups of 4 students will make the dérive together.
The dérive last for a minumum of 1 hour and a maximum of 3 hours.
Assign certain tasks to individual students during the dérive, i.e. take photos, videos, make notes, collect material, etc..
After the dérive you will create a two-dimensional model or low relief of your experience: a map based on your experience and observations.
DO NOT use the app DRIFT for your dérive. Presentation of the dérive map: February 1st.

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