10 Scores for a Wild City – Phil Smith working with Helen Billinghurst as Crab & Bee

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Red woollen ‘hunting line’ strands for ‘Scores For A Wild City 9’. Credit: Phil Smith
DSC06972 red woollen strands tied to a branch
Red woollen ‘hunting line’ strands for ‘Scores For A Wild City 9’. Credit: Phil Smith

This was a work commissioned by and made for the UNFIX Festival in June 2021. Ten written scores for walks and actions, supported by five short films of Crab & Bee trying out five of the scores, for those attending the (mostly online) 2021 Festival. Our work also included an online workshop with festival-goers which included a walking element; in response to the artworks generated by this workshop we responded with a sixth film: GhostShip.

https://unfixfestival.com/featured/crab-bee-10-scores-for-a-wild-city/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wVseQhl3tY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nvkFs2apyk

Phil Smith is a performance-maker, writer and academic researcher. With visual artist Helen Billinghurst, he is one half of Crab & Bee (Plymouth Labyrinth [2019], The Pattern [2020], etc.). With Tony Whitehead and photographer John Schott, he published Guidebook For An Armchair Pilgrimage (2019), and the novel Bonelines (2020), and Covert (2021) with Melanie Kloetzel. With Claire Hind and Helen Billinghurst, he co-organised ‘Walking’s New Movements’ conference (2019) and co-edited Walking Bodies (2020). Other books include: Making Site-Specific Theatre and Performance (Red Globe/Macmillan, 2018), Anywhere (2017), On Walking and Enchanted Things (2014) and Mythogeography (2010). He is an Associate Professor (Reader) at University of Plymouth.