A Prototype of Walking (S)miles

This is an ‘incomplete textual sample’ made in collaboration with Rachel Lois Clapham, that comes out of Walking (S)miles by Present Attempt. Rachel was commissioned by Hazard Festival and Critical Writing Collective to respond to some of the work in Hazard 2010 (Manchester’s micro-festival of incidental intervention and sited performance). The text emerged from transcripts of audio recordings that Rachel made as she wandered through Manchester on Saturday afternoon and too part in Walking Smiles – an event that builds a unique ‘map’ of a city as people wander through it, collecting smiles from passers by. Below is the text.

Optional Instructions for Self-Assembly

1. Print the document

2. Cut each of the pages down the centre with the exception of the last page

3. Affix the cut pages to the last page

4. (W)read the document



showtime image Present Attempt are curating and hosting SHOW TiME at Riverside Studios on 3/4 June 2011.


show time logoSHOW TiME presents an extra-ordinary line up of artists from the UK making contemporary performance work. Opening a new space in London for artists and audiences to come together and take risks, in each session hosts Present Attempt combine works in development and completed performances to give you two diverse days of theatrical experiments.

  • Present Attempt is a collective of artists making experimental theatre, performance and live art. We like now...