5 September 2023


Cruise, dérive will explore the role of psychogeography in the work of Richard Scott. The session will begin with a screening of ‘The Cruise’ (1998) by Bennett Miller, a documentary film following a tour guide in New York City.

Scott will read examples of his poetry before opening a discussion on the queering of the Situationist’s concept of ‘dérive’, in relation to the practice of cruising. The session will explore cruising as a means of embodied writing, methodology and influence on textual style. The conversation will engage with broader notions of collectivity and will explore the ways Scott navigates the private politics of public space within his work.

This session has been organised by A/WA member Elaine Tam and Fieldnotes. The session is free to attend and will be held on Zoom. Please register by emailing info (at) artworkassociation.org.

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His first book Soho (Faber & Faber, 2018) was a Gay’s the Word book of the year and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot prize. Recent works include ‘Still Life with Rose’ in the Spring issue of Poetry Review and ‘love version of’ in 100 Queer Poems (Vintage). Richard’s poetry has been translated into German and French. He is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London where he also runs a poetry reading group, and he teaches poetry at the Faber Academy.

Elaine Tam is an editor and curator from Hong Kong currently living and working in London. She is Senior Editor at Fieldnotes, a print journal publishing new writing and artworks with a focus on practices between disciplines and against type. Her research interests include psychoanalysis, media theory and performative writing.

Image credit: Courtesy of Bella Marrin.