Soup : Green Walkers' Soup (v)
Bread : a full rye loaf
We have noticed that some of the best conversations happen over a good hearty meal, so AirSpace Gallery are pleased to invite Artists to a new series of the amazingly popular 'Artist Soup Kitchens'. These are talks and workshops to explore support networks, good practice and sustainability of the arts and artists in a changing climate. They provide an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed and special environment, with a different theme and speaker each time to be explored over a delicious bowl of homemade soup, and specially baked bread, which is provided by B-arts, through their community bread-making project, Bread in Common
For the 3rd in the new Artist Soup Kitchen Series, running within the exhibition The Walking Encyclopaedia
, AirSpace Gallery has invited walking artist Phil Smith
to muse upon and talk about walking as a cultural practice.
Phil will discuss his use of walking, spontaneous exploration, handbooks and performance in sites of containment and ambiguity. He will address the potency of sites with multiple histories and how conventional heritage narratives can be turned on their heads to escape the bounds of official narratives. Phil will interrogate the possibilities and limitations of his recent practice and explain the reasoning behind his recent shift towards 'meaningful objects
', devising a "book of common dance
" and seeking out pseudo-sacred spaces
The soup for this session, will be Green Walkers Soup, full of dark green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, designed to fuel the walker with sufficient energy to finish the journey. The soup will be accompanied by Bread in Common's handmade Full Rye Loaf – dark, dense and hearty, developed in Russia to sustain you in bad weather.
Seats at the Artist Soup Kitchen Table are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please email email@example.com
to book your place.
To see documentation of previous Artist Soup Kitchens, click the following links:
Artist Soup Kitchen overview from Conjunction 12
How to Save the World featuring The Clipperton Project
Creating an Art Market with Kevin Hunt
A Confusion of Tongues with Professor David Manley
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).
Bread in Common is B arts bread project- artists and bakers using real bread to connect people and to nourish communities across North Staffordshire and beyond. In 2014 they will be opening a city centre bakery to support the work.
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