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Crow

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I noticed the two women staring at the building opposite. I heard a crow and saw the shape of one perched on a high sill. It was still, with its beak open. I stood with the women and we watched for a minute, two minutes, three minutes. The bird did not twitch. Beak open. The women agreed that it wasn't real. I agreed with them. Very realistic. I went into a shop. When I came out a few minutes later the crow was jumping around on the sill. Perhaps the things we dismiss as inauthentic are things we have not given enough time to yet.

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Holy Relics

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"Our large golden-coloured box of ‘relics’ was a burden that our participants had to carry, sharing the load between them. Later in the tour we compared our box with the sealed boxes of the prophetess Joanna Southcott (in which she placed her prophecies until they had come true) and we processed our box to the Guildhall (just off Queen Street) as Southcott and her supporters had carried her sealed box (though not through Marks and Spencer as we did). At the Guildhall the Southcott box had been unsealed and her writings given to her ‘Seven Stars’ – seven influential and wealthy supporters who were to help make Joanna Southcott a household name with over 100,000 ‘sealed’ followers. The objects in our box were ordinary, everyday items – trinkets from shops, lost toys, detritus from the gutter. But we found that the way to present these was not as a collection of mundane things, but as the quotidian equivalents of the hundreds of ‘holy relics’ collected at Exeter Cathedral (which is a few paces from the end of Queen Street) by emissaries of King Athelstan (including a piece of the Burning Bush and part of the Spear of Longinus)."

'Sardine Street Box of Tricks'

(picture: Tamany Baker)

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Infactuated

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the construction of infatuation

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Spontaneous

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WHY?

Because our cities are increasingly policed, militarised and made banal. Because there is a conspiracy of boredom against cities. Because the Great God Pan is long dead and we still don’t have the new myths we were promised. Because the city is chopped and parcelled up like a rack of meat, streamlined for ignorance and meaninglessness. Because hidden inside the functionality of the city are the secrets of texture and the funny ghosts of pattern. Because the purloined symbols of the city are all still available for us to steal back. Because the self-possession of the non-rich has always been a work of imagination, and it needs to be practiced to be retained. Because of the erosion of public space. Because there are accidental playgrounds and launch pads and caves. Because of violence, property, loss and neglect. Because we are mobile and we want a fine time. For the sake of remnants and traces. To be prepared and spontaneous and happy whenever we need to be. And because we are prepared to be spontaneous. Right now…

(A Sardine Street Box of Tricks, 2012)

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Traffic Cones

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maybe we should start taking notice of where traffic cones appear and what they mean - have always been struck by their dalliance with cryptozoology

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Mytho Geography - Timeline Photos | Facebook

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bumping breasts in Brest on bikes

(with thanks to Hugh Nankivell)
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Mammary distortion

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In the Wilderness of Wirral - Caught by the River

In the Wilderness of Wirral - Caught by the River | Mythogeography | Scoop.it

How the edgelands can outsmart the over-sentimentalised bucolics and georgics.

 

Caught by the River - an antidote to indifference.

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Pareidolia: A Bizarre Bug of the Human Mind Emerges in Computers

Pareidolia: A Bizarre Bug of the Human Mind Emerges in Computers | Mythogeography | Scoop.it

The search for simulacra begins

 

"Humans have a tendency to see faces where there are none. So do computers. Are they more like us in their flaws?

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Tactics for Counter Tourism - The Margins

Look behind monuments and in the margins of paintings.

 

"Interested now? Get a counter-tourism pocketbook, handbook and further tactics from: www.countertourism.net Camera & Editing by: Siobhan Mckeown Sound by: Ch...

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Doorway

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"By closely attending to your perceptions, you may begin to notice a certain folding dance of seeing. Watch how as you walk through a door or archway the world first closes in and then unfolds again. Passing through multiple portals or arches can be like a visual breathing. Enjoy how, as you reach the brow of a hill or turn a corner, you can literally fold in a new vista. 
Ask yourself: is there any politics woven into these narratives of perception? Any meaning to the sequences of wrappings up and unfoldings, to the rhythms, quick or drawn out, of the narrowings of focus and its opening up once more."

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Urban landmarks

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"In the name of restoration, rehabilitation, regeneration and liberalisation, cultural slates are wiped clean, damaged landmarks are razed, and displaced populations are displaced even further. Every effort is made to ignore and discourage memory, to erase or package the symbols of the past, to generate indifference, to dissolve roots and rhizomes in the name of global flow and flexible labour. This is the War on Memory."

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Information

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spontaneous shapes emerging from a nature information board

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Faciality

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"The body of the person and the body of the land it inhabits are bound together and equally substantialized in the approved enunciative semiotic of the capitalist imaginary .
This faciality-landscapity tends to dissolve the territorialized limits of natural sociality and to neutralize the "excessive" machinic effects that could be engendered by a systematic decoding of flows. The whole order of the possible has to be inscribed upon this substance of the signifier. No intensive matter of expression can be organized according to rhizomatic connections. The multitude of the eyes of the cosmos and becomings -animal and -vegetable disappear on behalf of a central eye from which all spatial, rhythmic, moral, deictic coordinates radiate, etc. "This empty eye that haunts capitalistic faciality knows of only one thing, which is that nothing could exist independently of the dominant worldliness" of capitalism, "a basic faciality which, though not necessarily as 'spectacular' as that of Big Brother, Amin Dada, or the Ayatollah Khomeini, is nonetheless omnipresent." The capitalistic ideal requires a systematic deterritorialization of all polyvocal supports of expression, ethnic, religious and truly democratic groups so as to reterritorialize them on capitalistic supports in, for example, the nuclear family, norms of social standing, etc. "Traditional ethnic antagonism which were quite localized have been commuted in a universal racism that has become inherent to white capitalistic faciality" "http://www.rhizomes.net/issue23/reviews/callen.html

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On Walking - Ramblers

On Walking - Ramblers | Mythogeography | Scoop.it
The Ramblers - Britain’s walking charity working to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promote walking for health and pleasure. Walking information, advice and campaigns, walking news and events, group led walks and an online library of walking routes.
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A rare welcome for the scatological

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Mytho Geography - Timeline Photos | Facebook

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here seen over the door to a freemasons' temple, the full motto (of which these are only the first three words) means "hear, see and be silent if you...
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Realigning the inner and the outer.

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On Walking

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On Walking... and Stalking Sebald 

 

A guide to going beyond wandering around looking at stuff by Phil Smith...

 

To get started - choose a foot. Phil Smith of Wrights & Sites' fame (and otherwise known as Crab Man, Mytho and Anton Vagus) is not the first to walk in the footsteps of W.G. Sebald, whose The Rings of Saturn is an account a walk round Suffolk 20 years ago.


What is remarkable is that Phil's own walk was quite as extraordinary as Sebald's and that he matches Sebald's erudition, originality and humour swathe for swathe....


Via Gareth Rees
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"What Lies Beyond Violent Drunkeness" -- Guy Debord on Drinking Booze

"What Lies Beyond Violent Drunkeness" -- Guy Debord on Drinking Booze | Mythogeography | Scoop.it
In the following short chapter from his 1989 memoir Panegryic, Volume 1, Situationist mastermind Guy Debord writes a love letter to alcohol. He explains why he loves to drink, what he loves to drin...

Via George-Icaros Babassakis
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Tactics for Counter Tourism - Family Histories

Interested now? Get a counter-tourism pocketbook, handbook and further tactics from: www.countertourism.net Camera & Editing by: Siobhan Mckeown Sound by: Ch...
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An excuse for nosing around in people's cellars.

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