Imprint: Triarchy Press ~ Published: April 2014
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List Price: £6.50 ~ Extent: 98pp. ~ 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, Enchanted things, where he writes:
‘The pedestrian figures here were all intended by some designer as generic representations; yet to the glad eye they display their eccentricities, amputations, stretch marks, wrinkles, prostheses and rearrangements. They serve as memento mutabis (“remember you will change”), a reminder of your body as unfinished business, inscribed into its path and subject to all that passes along it, a history made on the hoof.’
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)