She is the Sea: a poetry pamphlet with one shoreline essay and one riverbank essay

Author:   Phil Smith ,  Helen Billinghurst
Publisher:   Triarchy Press
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9781911193715


Pages:   48
Publication Date:   11 December 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Walking and movement artists often stumble when they describe the modes and registers of perception and expression they adopt in their practice. The attempt to represent their experience can end in a kind of somatic soup. Crab & Bee eschew the soup and, in this little book of poems and essays the prequel to their forthcoming book 'The Pattern' (2020) - they give us clear hints of where and how they find and make meaning in their work. They tell us, for example, that: the interpenetration of our human lives with the movement of the planet's watery channels (seas, rivers, underground watercourses, etc.) is constant, ubiquitous and important the movement of water connects so-called 'privileged points', actual landscape features and actual moments whose existence and potency has been keenly experienced by humans, more anciently than recently By reconnecting with the movement of the waters and with these privileged points, Crab & Bee re-engage with a 'magical mode'. This is what they invite us to share in their walks, prose and poetry. They suggest that the challenge (not just for walking artists but for all of us in a climate emergency) is to dissolve our artistic or habitual/life practice, to sink into the dark forest beneath our feet , to embed ourselves in the grander patterns, systems and flows of our wet planet, to feel our way, but also to allow what we feel to feel us, and direct us by its flows . In this book they give us a glimpse of how to do exactly that.

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Author:   Phil Smith ,  Helen Billinghurst
Publisher:   Triarchy Press
Imprint:   Triarchy Press
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 0.50cm , Length: 21.60cm
ISBN:  

9781911193715


ISBN 10:   1911193716
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   11 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Helen Billinghurst is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, researcher and writer. With a background as a film maker, she now works within the expanded fields of painting and drawing. Her recent doctoral research at the University of Plymouth explored the intersection between studio practice and aesthetic walking. She currently lectures at Plymouth College of Art, and her research interests include the performance of making, site-specificity and embodied process. In 2014 Helen was resident artist for six months at High Cross House in Dartington, Devon. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Crossing England' (Arial Centre, Totnes, 2016), 'Embodied Cartographies' (Walcot Gallery, Bath Fringe Festival curated by Fay Stevens, 2016), 'English Diagrams' (Royal William Yard, Plymouth, 2018) and 'Walking Diagrams' (Walking's New Movements Conference, University of Plymouth, 2019). Other recent commissions include an article for the catalogue of 'Dear Christine', (a touring exhibition about the life of Christine Keeler, by women artists, curated by Fionn Wilson, 2019). Collaborating with Phil Smith as Crab & Bee, Helen makes walks, performances, poetry and exhibitions. They have worked together on an exhibition and walking project called 'Plymouth Labyrinth' (funded by Arts Council England), and a residency at Teats Hill slipway (for Take Apart, Plymouth, 2019). They are writing a new book, The Pattern based on walks across Southern England and Wales. 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.

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