Debbie Ding (b. 1984) is a Singapore-based visual artist, programmer and independent researcher based in Singapore. She facilitates the Singapore Psychogeographical Society, which is devoted to promoting a better understanding of the world through ludic adventures, independent research, digital documentation, and data/archival activism.
In his Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography (1955), Guy Debord defined psychogeography as the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.
Psychogeoforensics is an extension of that concept – to combine a heightened awareness and appreciation for the various “ambiances” in an urban city – with the domain of forensics. Because of the peculiar fragmented nature of history and culture in Singapore, we could also view Singapore as the scene of the mystery, or even as the missing artifact, or a curiously blank signifier.
Through psychogeoforensics, the Singapore Psychogeographical Society encourages people to construct/reconstruct their own narratives around the various physical traces, histories, and archives that may be overlooked or neglected in a fast-developing urban cities such as Singapore.