Dérive / 2010
The subject of this series is the city. Its location is not important because its identity is not at stake, only the singular possibilities of dérive that it offers. Guy Debord developed this concept in his Théorie de la Dérive as a possible definition of the practice of photography:
One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive, a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances. Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.
The urban environment is overloaded with information and signs, the space is full. It becomes difficult to plan routes without a specific destination, to let oneself truly “drift” through the city.
At night, some elements disappear and we drift intuitively, following the lights, from headlight to headlight. We take random paths that offer an emotional mapping of the space. From these fragments of illuminated landscapes we derive a new poetic, and it moves from scene to scene, driven by the desire to imagine another city.
Born in 1980 in Marseille, Julien Lombardi lives and works in Paris. His background in ethnology and documentary led him to the visual arts. His work examines man’s relationship to his natural environment.
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