Serendipitous Opoto-tunities to New Encounters

Thomas Spooner

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It was in 1955 when French artist, and co-founder of Marxist avant-garde group, Lettrist International, Gil Wolman, created a poster advertising a “psychogeographical tour of Paris”. Recalling the efforts made by the French Dadaists to initiate a series of anarchic tours of Paris, in their ‘Grand Dada Season’, some thirty years previously, Wolman’s poster promoted a new alternative guide to the city of Paris. Wolman conjured the notion of a neo-romantic tour of Paris, “An adventure of love and death”, to cite his poster. He advocated the prospect of rediscovering, and reimagining, urban space. His idea was to deploy tourism, not as a leisure activity, but rather as a critical tool, which was directed towards a neo-romantic revolution of everyday life.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationPorto Oh Porto: A Travelogue
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2015


  • porto
  • travelogue
  • psychogeography
  • place
  • alternative travel guide
  • urban studies


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