Walking, Writing and Performance

Autobiographical Texts by Deirdre Heddon, Carl Lavery and Phil Smith

Edited by Roberta Mock

Edited by Roberta Mock

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

192 pages | 42 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2009
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841501550 Published October 2009

This collection charts three projects by performers who generate autobiographical writing by walking through inspirational landscapes. Included in the book are the full texts of The Crab Walks and Crab Steps Aside by Phil Smith, Mourning Walk by Carl Lavery, and Tree by Deirdre Heddon, each accompanied by photographs and contextual essays. Taken together or separately, the work of all three artist-scholars raises important issues about memory, the ethics of autobiographical performance, ritual, life writing, and site-specific performance.

Contents
Introduction: It's (Not Really) All About Me, Me, Me
   Roberta Mock
 
Part 1:  Carl Lavery
Mourning Walk
Mourning Walk and Pedestrian Performance: History, Aesthetics and Ethics
 
Part 2:  Phil Smith
The Crab Walks
Crab Walking and Mythogeography
Crab Steps Aside
 
Part 3:  Dee Heddon
Tree: A Studio Performance
One Square Foot: Thousands of Routes
 
Sources
Biographical Notes
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