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At its simplest, this is a book about walking the funny and touching account of the author s walk across the heart of the English countryside in the footsteps of Edwardian oak tree planter Charles Hurst What Phil Smith found was a countryside littered with beer cans and 100 years of change, punctured by cars and populated by an extraordinary cast, each with a story to teAt its simplest, this is a book about walking the funny and touching account of the author s walk across the heart of the English countryside in the footsteps of Edwardian oak tree planter Charles Hurst What Phil Smith found was a countryside littered with beer cans and 100 years of change, punctured by cars and populated by an extraordinary cast, each with a story to tell about their connection to the places they call home But Phil Smith is no ordinary walker Consistently one of Europe s most exciting and innovative performance artists, he has made walking sideways into an art Later in the book, his handbook of drifting , tool bag of actions and the orrery offer a whirlwind of ideas on how to walk like a stalker, a swimmer, a ghost, an explorer, a pilgrimAs he says Mythogeography is a way of walking, thinking and organising on many levels at the same time Anyone can do it You can do itBy setting ourselves in motion through a world of images we make ourselves human movie cameras or camera phones both interpreters and producers By the particular focuses and the angles of trajectory we choose, we make an interpretation of our world, and from our impressions we begin to re make its meanings The productions that follow from these experiences a conversation in a bar, a procession, a conspiracy, a plan, a map, an organisation, a gesture are what mythogeography is At another level, Mythogeography celebrates a loose weave of artists, teachers, activists and walkers whose practices have, in the last decade, taken up where psychogeography left off and started to bring together a range of disciplines and activisms including site specific artists and performers, urbanists, derivistes, philosophers, drifters, geographers, anthropologists, film makers and sociologists On this plane, Mythogeography is a handbook for tripping up the ordinary As the author says Drawing on a history of Dadaist deambulation, situationist derive, dematerialised land art, mad dog marketeering and activist intervention, it weaves between totalising utopias and defeatism, while skulking in holy places, trading under fake colours and planning its next false flag operations It provides a series of theoretical investigations into the underpinnings of resistant walking in myth, in cellular and spiral organisation, in the dematerialisation of sculpture and the tight organisation of the drift All this in the guise of a mystery about walkers Deceitful and hopeful, this is the first manifesto of a new kind of everyday Walking 4.0 In short, walking isn t what it used to be It s been deconstructed, theorised, analysed, performed, philosophised, disgraced and reinvented This is a book about what walking has become.
Title: Mythogeography: A Guide to Walking Sideways - Compiled from the Diaries, Manifestos, Notes, Prospectuses, Records and Everyday Utopias of the Pedestrian Resistance Author: PhilSmith ISBN: 9780956263131 Page: 305 Format: Paperback