Imprint: Triarchy Press ~ Published: April 2014
List Price: £10
Size: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
Tags: fanged noumena, walking, signs, symbols, simulacra, drift, dérive, mythogeography, wrights & sites, mis-guide, psychogeography, phil smith
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"I have met many such pavement people since I began my graffiti project way back in 1999.... A desire to revisit them has been prompted by some of the photographs in a new little book by Phil Smith ...
In this photo-essay Phil, an ambulant academic at Plymouth University, UK, urges us to undertake an ‘experimental pilgrimage without destinations’ where disfigured pedestrian figures are just a small sample of the absurd, ironic and accidental artworks in the urban landscape that, if we take the trouble to notice them, will rearrange our attitude to the world.
“Walking with Phil is like having my very own Doctor Who”
(Siobhan Mckeown, film maker and dj Shibby Shitegeist)
The essay starts...
"I stop for a moment. I look about me. Something slightly ‘off’ catches my eye: an incomplete sign that teeters toward the absurd, a rusted doorway that triggers a rare feeling of conviction, a tree shaped like a pinball machine, the remains of a windscreen glittering like emeralds, a fence just a little too bright for a barrier, a toy bigger than it ought to be. Such combinations of things and feelings have been the objects of my explorations and collections for some time now. In my experience, the more ordinary the place the more likely it is that discordance and its accompanying ‘fanged noumena’ will pop up; and the more deeply will the anxieties that falteringly accompany them burrow."