AUTHORS: Phil Smith (sometimes also Crab, Crab Man and Cecile Oak)
Dr. Phil Smith is a performance-maker, writer and academic researcher, specialising in work around walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies and counter-tourism. With artist Helen Billinghurst, he is one half of Crab & Bee, who have recently completed an exhibition and walking project called ‘Plymouth Labyrinth (funded by Arts Council England), a short walking project in the Isles of Scilly and a residency at Teats Hill slipway. They are currently engaged in a series of walks across the UK researching their forthcoming book, The Pattern (2020).
With Tony Whitehead and photographer John Schott, Phil recently published Guidebook for an Armchair Pilgrimage with Triarchy Press. He is currently developing a ‘subjectivity-protective movement practice’ with Canada-based choreographer Melanie Kloetzel. With Claire Hind and Helen Billinghurst, he co-organised the 2019 ‘Walking’s New Movements’ conference at the University of Plymouth. As company dramaturg and co-writer for TNT Theatre (Munich), he most recently premiered ‘Free Mandela’, co-authored with TNT’s artistic director Paul Stebbings, about the end of apartheid in South Africa. Paul and Phil are presently working on a book about TNT Theatre’s transformation from tiny experimental theatre company to global touring organisation.
Phil is a member of site-based arts collective Wrights & Sites, who recently published The Architect-Walker (2018). As well as Walking Stumbling Limping Falling (2017) with poet Alyson Hallett, Phil’s publications include Making Site-Specific Theatre and Performance (Red Globe/Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Rethinking Mythogeography (2018) (with US photographer John Schott), Anywhere (2017), A Footbook of Zombie Walking and Walking’s New Movement (2015), On Walking and Enchanted Things (2014), Counter-Tourism: The Handbook (2012) and Mythogeography (2010). He is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the University of Plymouth.
"The undisputed king of Mythogeography is Phil Smith" - Jane Samuels
Review his book and film reviews.
Read his Mythoughts
Go to the Counter-Tourism website
Go to the Mythogeography website
5 Ways to Use a Map ~ The full video collection of Tactics for Counter-Tourism ~ Psychogeography Today
Below, Phil's 'The Rough Arts of Contemporary Walking' - an excellent introduction to the man and his habit:
“Walking with Phil is like having my very own Doctor Who” - Siobhan Mckeown, film maker and dj Shibby Shitegeist
Phil's pandemic contribution to Whatever Next?
All Phil Smith's books with Triarchy Press:
A Sardine Street Box of Tricks ~ Anywhere ~ Counter-Tourism: Handbook
Counter-Tourism: Pocketbook ~ Enchanted Things ~ Mythogeography ~ On Walking
Rethinking Mythogeography ~ The Architect-Walker ~ The Footbook of Zombie Walking
The MK Myth ~ TNT The New Theatre ~ Walking Stumbling Limping Falling ~ Walking's New Movement ~ Ways to Wander