I really enjoyed reading Professor Richard Phillip’s article on curiosity and fieldwork in the most recent edition of Geography, the Geographical Association’s main journal. He has a lot of positive words about both the Mission:Explore books and website. I’m looking forward to meeting him next month as part of a ‘think tank’ style workshop on fieldwork in the the EPIC department of geography at the University of Sheffield.
The paragraph I found most interesting suggests that some of our mission-based guerrilla geography challenges may be a little too guerrilla…
“Mission:Explore comes with a tongue-in-cheek ‘WARNING’ on the front – ‘This book is dangerous’. But the back cover issues an invitation: ‘Become a guerrilla explorer and extreme missioner with missions that defy gravity, see the invisible and test your mental agility’. In fact, the book is a little dangerous in places, and not always productively so. To develop the latter example, shops and some shopping centres are private spaces, subject to tight regulation, and it is not always possible for children and young people to use them for games such as hide-and-seek! This underlines the need to approach fieldwork suggestions such as these critically.”
What do you think? Should the (implicitly geographical and enquiry-based) game of hide-and-seek be played in commercial spaces, or is this just too naughty?