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REFRAINS FOR UNCERTAINLY SACRED SPACES - PHIL SMITH

Participatory Group Walk
March 1st, 2014


13:00 PM - 17:00 PM
MEET AT AIRSPACE GALLERY


As part of The Walking Encyclopaedia, AirSpace Gallery has commissioned walking artist, Phil Smith to design a bespoke group walk for the exhibition. "Refrains For Uncertainly Sacred Spaces" will expand on Phil's interests of walking and performance and will explore an idea of pseudo-sacred space.

This is a walk in search of pseudo-sacred spaces; these might be the ruins, fabrications, fadings and hoaxes of sacred space; they might include spaces that once were regarded as sacred but have been traduced or abandoned, like a chapel that is now used as offices, or a fake sacred space like a stone circle erected as ornamentation in a children’s play area. We will follow a route of promising possibilities and test out some little moments of transgression and transcendence, nosiness and excavation, while on the lookout for other pseudo-sacred spaces on the walk itself.

This group walk is limited to 20 walkers, so to book your place and to avoid disappointment, email mail@airspacegallery.org

The walk will last between 3 and 4 hours, but will not go past 5pm. The walk will go ahead regardless of weather conditions, so please be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Phil Smith is a writer, wanderer, performer, and researcher, specialising in making performances based on walking. Author of the forthcoming ‘On Walking... and Stalking Sebald’ (Triarchy Press, 2014, forthcoming), ‘Mythogeography’ (Triarchy Press, 2010) and co-author of both 'The Hidden City Festival Handbook' (University of Plymouth Press, 2010) and ‘Walking, Writing and Performance’ (Intellect, 2009). He is company dramaturg and a founding member (1981) of TNT Theatre (Munich) and a core member of site-specific performance artists Wrights & Sites (Exeter, UK).

As a performer, Phil has recently been working with Blind Ditch This City’s Centre - Here, Now’ (Exeter, 2013), with dancer-choreographer Siriol Joyner on an ambulatory performance for a visually impaired audience (Cramond, 2013) and is currently working with dancer-choreographer Jane Mason on her ‘Life Forces’ project. He has created many site-specific theatre pieces and numerous ‘mis-guided walks’.

Phil has recently completed research at the University of Plymouth into performance interventions in tourist and heritage spaces and as part of this ‘Counter-Tourism: A Pocketbook’ and ‘Counter-Tourism: The Handbook’ (both, Triarchy Press, 2013).


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13:00 PM - 17:00 PM
MEET AT AIRSPACE GALLERY


As part of The Walking Encyclopaedia, AirSpace Gallery has commissioned walking artist, Phil Smith to design a bespoke group walk for the exhibition. "Refrains For Uncertainly Sacred Spaces" will expand on Phil's interests of walking and performance and will explore an idea of pseudo-sacred space.

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