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= an event
= movement
= non verbal
= a smile
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I know that Jesus


High Street/Church Street 14:10:58
I know that Jesus
High Street/Church Street 14:10:58

loves me and that he died for me. There’s loves me and that he died for me. There’s
something about openness of smiling. something about openness of smiling.
Everybody is a potential smil-er. Everybody is a potential smil-er.

 The only thing that will get you


High Street 14:13:16
 The only thing that will get
High Street 14:13:16

through, that’s Jesus. That’s your guide… you through, that’s the Jesus. That’s your
[wind] guide…[wind]

pick a person? To pick the


High Street 14:15:25 
pick a person? To pick the
High Street 14:15:25 

moment? For fifteen years I was a heroin moment? For fifteen years I was a heroin
addict, going round in circles, overdosing, addict, going round in circles, overdosing,
dying. I was dying...It’s not just about dying. I was dying...It’s not just about
walking around the street. The eyes- you walking around the street. The eyes- you
need the eyes. need the eyes.

So do I need to stare at
High Street/Turner Street 14:15:49 
Do I need to stare at
High Street/Turner Street 14:15:49 

someone? someone? Pick a person? A moment?

[wind] [bus] [wind] [wind] [bus] [wind]

 The space. The space that might


14:17:41
 The space. A space that might
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generate a smile- architecturally. generate a smile- architecturally,


Emotionally? Everywhere’s so targeted. Do emotionally? Everywhere’s so targeted. Do
smiles it’s there, just there, that’s where he smiles it’s there, just there, that’s where he

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usually puts it happen in targeted areas? usually puts it happen in targeted areas?
Withy Grove 
[brakes] Hey- Withy Grove 
[brakes] Hey-

 How is a smile in free space? Or is it


14:19:38
 How is a smile in free space? Or is it
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under some kind of control, like a journey is under some kind of control, like a journey is
targeted the same way. A smile comes from targeted the same way. A smile comes from
a journey, or is a journey. Every smile is a a journey, or is a journey. Every smile is a
journey. [wind] [wind] [car noise] journey. [wind] [wind] [car noise]

 Is this to find the different kinds


Withy Grove 14:21:17
 Is this to find the different kinds
Withy Grove 14:21:17

of smiles? No, don’t put mine in the bin!   of smiles? No, don’t put mine in the bin!  

 Is there is a smile as such? A basic or


14:22:35
 Is there is a smile as such? A template,
14:22:35

template smile doesn’t really exist. A smile smile doesn’t really exist. a prototype, (not a
prototype. blank) smile?

So

So
14:23:22 
So 14:23:22 
So

[car starting] [brakes] [car starting] [brakes]

Is there such a thing as a blank smile?


14:24:10 
Is there such a thing as a blank smile?
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How to tie these smiles to the city? How to tie these smiles to the city?

I’ve lived here all my life, what d’ya expect? I’ve lived here all my life, what d’ya expect?
Withy Grove 14:24:13 
To the person Withy Grove 14:24:13 
To the person

To the ground To the ground

To the city To the city

[wind] [wind]
14:25:48 
I definitely need a pit-stop. 14:25:48 
I definitely need a pit-stop.

Are people more likely to smile at a


14:25:56
Are people more likely to smile at a
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pit-stop when they are in-between places? pit-stop when they are in-between places?
Hurried smiles are still smiles. Hurried smiles are still smiles.

[X] [Fuck off]


Corporation Street 14:26:29 
[X] [Fuck off]
Corporation Street 14:26:29 

Old man with crazy eyes and a badly tended Old man with crazy eyes and a badly tended
afro. He might smell. Some smiles you might afro. He might smell. Some smiles you might
not want, how to smile and tell someone to not want. how to smile and tell someone to
go away at the same time. [car horn] [wind] go away at the same time. [car horn] [wind]
[door] [door]
14:27:29 
Why are people so miserly? [heels] 14:27:29 
Why are people so miserly? [heels]

[concrete echo] [concrete echo]


14:29:56 
Hmm. 14:29:56 
Hmm.

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LM Unit 111 Fashionable Basics Sweatshop Free LM Unit 111 Fashionable Basics Sweatshop Free
Free
[SALE] [SALE]

What you want baby I got, what you need, What you want baby I got, what you need,
you know I got it. All I’m asking you to do for you know I got it. All I’m asking you to do for
me… me…

[clothesrack] 14:32:48 [clothesrack] [slide] [clothesrack] 14:32:48 [clothesrack] [slide]


14:35:43 
It’s got quite a bad rip in it that. Shame 14:35:43 
It’s got quite a bad rip in it that. Shame

Esp Esp

[security alarm] [security alarm]

Take out the e-c-t Take out the ect


14:35:56
Thanks [X] Customer Service 14:35:56
Thanks [X] Customer Service

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Time to start a few trial runs. Examples of Time to start a few trial runs. Examples of
smiles. smiles.

[concrete echo] [concrete echo]

I had a to run out before I had chance


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I had a to run out before I had chance
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to…yeah, sounds like the most sensible to…yeah, sounds like the most sensible
thing thing
Exchange Square 14:39:89 
[wind] Exchange Square 14:39:89 
[wind]

Ok this is a good place. Out of town-


14:40:16 
Ok this is a good place. Out of town-
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ers, a little water feature. Could be some ers, a little water feature. Could be some
interaction. interaction.

[wind] [wind]

[wind] [wind]

Does it have to be an interaction? Does it have to be an interaction?

[X]…. [X]….

[wind] [wind]

Apparently so Apparently so

There’s something about the


14:45:32 
There’s something about the
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purposeful-ness of this that I’m finding odd. purposeful-ness of this that I’m finding odd.
14:46:45 
[X] A dog 14:46:45 
[X] A dog
Corporation Street 14:46:48 
[X] A beautiful blue carved Corporation Street 14:46:48 
[X] A beautiful blue carved
lamp-post lamp-post

[security alarm] [security alarm]

Is a smile so affective that inanimate things Is a smile so affective that inanimate things
will start to smile back? will start to smile back?

Level…Oh sorry [brakes] [security


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Level…Oh sorry [brakes] [security
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alarm] alarm]
14:52:56 
 [X] A missed opportunity 14:52:56 
 [X] A missed opportunity

I smiled at him. But he looked away. Is that a I smiled at him. But he looked away. Is that
failed smile, or a reflected smile…off a hard a failed smile, or a reflected smile…off a
surface? hard surface?

Try to smile without someone thinking you Try to smile without someone thinking you
are staring at them are staring at them

 [X] Cheese
Cross Street/Chapel Walks 14:55:26 
 [X] Cheese. In front
Cross Street/Chapel Walks 14:55:26 

of a Japanese tourist’s camera, her smile


In front of a Japanese tourist’s camera, her wavering at the point mine comes into frame
smile wavering at the point mine comes into

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frame
14:56:46 
Time check 14:56:96   14:56:46 
Time check 14:56:96  
14:57:09, 14:57:59, 14:57:98, 14:58:69 14:57:09, 14:57:59, 14:57:98, 14:58:69

Brown Street 14:58:96


[X] Brown Street 14:58:96
[X]
14:59:28
 [wind] [heels] 14:59:28
 [wind] [heels]

Don’t look away. I’m looking away. Don’t Don’t look away. I’m looking away. Don’t
know why I’m looking away. know why I’m looking away.
14:59:48 
 [..] 14:59:48 
 [..]

The bit just before the flicker of a smile The bit just before the flicker of a smile

[X] Not directed at me [X]


Brown Street 15:02:29 
[X] Not directed at me [X]
Brown Street 15:02:29 

caught, or stolen? caught, or stolen?

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4. 4.
[entrance] [entrance]

15:06:49 
[flyer] [X] No thanks
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[flyer] [X] No thanks
LM Unit 113 The Outsiders LM Unit 113 The Outsiders The Outsiders

UM Unit 158 Hotness comes in all shapes and sizes UM Unit 158 Hotness comes in all shapes and sizes

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LM Unit 68 The no: 1 value footwear retailer LM Unit 68 The no: 1 value footwear retailer

LM Unit 69 Buy Sell Donate! LM Unit 69 Buy Sell Donate!

LM Unit 70 Stay Dry with Jackets From Millets LM Unit 70 Stay Dry with Jackets From Millets

LM Halle Square 15:08:12  LM Halle Square 15:08:12 

Hello, hello, hello Hello, hello, hello

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

15:09:22 
[glockenspiel test]
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[glockenspiel test]What’s all this in aid

What’s all this in aid of? of?

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[glockenspiel test] [glockenspiel test]

[X] Hello, hi, how are you [X] Hello, hi, how are you

[X] Hello, hi [X] Hello, hi

15:12:09 
[X] Hi
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[X] Hi

15:12:14 
[X] Hello
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[X] Hello

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[X] …Hello [X] …Hello
15:12:56 LM Unit 192 One stop for all your sporting needs 15:12:56 LM Unit 192 One stop for all your sporting needs

LM Unit 91Ultimate Indulgence LM Unit 91 Ultimate Indulgence

LM Unit 48 A simpler mortgage, a closer business relationship or a broader LM Unit 48 A simpler mortgage, a closer business relationship
or a
global reach
broader global reach
15:20:23 LM Information Desk  15:20:23 LM Information Desk 

Freckles [X] [hungry]  Freckles [X] (hungry) 


Do you want me to show you on the map? Do you want me to show you on the map?
[X] Gap-toothed [X] Gap-toothed
15:20:28 
[X] Thanks 15:20:28 
[X] Thanks
UM Foodchain 15:25:28 
Food sampler guy [X] UM Foodchain 15:25:28 
Food sampler guy [X]

UM Foodchain The home of fresh baking UM Foodchain The home of fresh baking

If you give me some money I’ll get


15:28:44 
If you give me some money I’ll get
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you one [crying] I need to wait for Amy It’s you one [crying] I need to wait for Amy It’s
over there [bang] A potato and meat pasty over there [bang] A potato and meat pasty
please. [X] Is there any chance of getting please. [X] Is there any chance of getting
some water in this? We’re not allowed to some water in this? We’re not allowed to
I’m sorry [X] nervous. That’s 82p please… I’m sorry [X] nervous. That’s 82p please…
Is that a no [  ]? I’ll do it for you. Thank you. Is that a no [  ]? I’ll do it for you. Thank you.
She’s the boss lady. Ta [X] She’s the boss lady. Ta [X]

[X] A potato and meat pasty [X] A potato and meat pasty

[paper] [plastic] [crinkle]   [paper] [plastic] [crinkle]  


15:38:04 
[X] A second meat and potato pasty 15:38:04 
[X] A second meat and potato pasty

[paper] [plastic] [blob] [crinkle] [paper] [plastic] [blob] [crinkle]


15:42:07 UM Foodchain
Food sampler guy [X] 15:42:07 UM Foodchain
Food sampler guy [/]

Your food’s changed now. It’s pork now. It Your food’s changed now. It’s Pork now. It
was chicken before, now it’s not. Did that all was chicken before, now it’s not. Did that all
go? No it’s pork. You might have difficulty go? No it’s Pork. You might have difficulty
getting rid of the pork. A lot of people don’t getting rid of the Pork. A lot of people don’t
eat it. It’s our best seller. Oh. [X] [X] eat it. It’s our best seller. Oh. [X] [X]
LM Halle Square 
[glockenspiel] LM Halle Square 
[glockenspiel]

[glockenspiel] [glockenspiel]
15:48:07 LM Unit 113  The Outsiders 15:48:07 LM Unit 113  The Outsiders 

[Exit] [Exit]

[Flyer] [Flyer]

[X] Go away [X] Go away


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Market Street
[Exit] Market Street
[Exit]

God is the sustainer of life. God saves. God God is the sustainer of life. God saves. God
is the light. God is all His people. I say to is the light. God is all His people. I say to you
you today today

Let God in. Is this the Arndale?


15:52:19 
let God in. Is this the Arndale?
15:52:19 

Jesus saves you. [wind]  Hey. Jesus saves you. [wind]  Hey.

[heels] [car] [wind] [brake] [heels] [car] [wind] [brake]

[wind] [wind]

[brake]
15:57:19 
[brake]
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Market Street 
[Entrance] Market Street 
[Entrance]
16:02:07 LM Unit 31 Look good pay less  16:02:07 LM Unit 31 Look good pay less 

[clothesrack] [clothesrack]  [clothesrack] [clothesrack] 

Can we get some of these? Can we get some of these?

Usman Peep, Usman Peep, please


16:02:49 
Usman Peep, Usman Peep, please
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return to your department, thank you return to your department, thank you

A skirt perhaps. A skirt perhaps.

Duty cleaner go to area 4 for a code 3


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Duty cleaner go to area 4 for a code 3
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and code 8 please. and code 8 please.

Hiya, Hiya Hiya, Hiya

Leon Kear please come to customer


16:03:55 
Leon Kear please come to customer
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services. Leon Kear please come to services. Leon Kear please come to
customer services located on the first floor. customer services located on the first floor.
16:04:27
Next please 16:04:27
Next please

A child [X] A child [X]

[bar code scan] [till drawer] [bar code scan] [till drawer]

Leon, Leon! Leon, Leon!

[bar code scan] [bar code scan] [bar code [bar code scan] [bar code scan] [bar code
scan] scan]

[bar code scan ] [bar code scan ]

[bar code scan ] [bar code scan ]

Alwin Jones, please come to customer Alwin Jones, please come to customer
services. Alwin Jones please come to services. Alwin Jones please come to
customer services located on the first floor. customer services located on the first floor.
16:07:27
[till drawer]  16:07:27
[till drawer] 

Next please Next please

[bar code scan] [bar code scan] [bar code [bar code scan] [bar code scan] [bar code
scan] scan]

Leon! Leon!

Hi [X] Hollow, barely a welcome Hi [X] Hollow, barely a welcome

[till drawer] [bar code scan] [bar code scan] [till drawer] [bar code scan] [bar code scan]
[bar code scan] [bar code scan]

16:08:27 
Are these three pounds in the sale? 16:08:27 
Are these three pounds in the sale?

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I’m just noticing that in that one, here. And I’m just noticing that in that one, here. And
that… in that one. Do you want them? Yes, that… in that one. Do you want them? Yes,
but maybe a pound off each or more would but maybe a pound off each or more would
be fine. be fine.

[barcode scan] [bag crinkle] [bar code scan] [barcode scan] [bag crinkle] [bar code scan]
[till drawer] [till drawer]

[X] Customer service [X] Customer service

[Exit] [Exit]

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Moseley Street/Parker Street
[Flyer]  [X] Moseley Street/Parker Street
[Flyer]  [X]
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[X] No thanks. 16:08:59 
[X] (no thanks)

 [tram brakes] [car brakes] [wind]   [tram brakes] [car brakes] [wind] 

16:09:49 
hold hands, hold on, we’re crossing 16:09:49 
hold hands, hold on, we’re crossing
over over

[car] [car]
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 [car] 16:09:59 
 [car]
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[wind]   16:10:02
[wind]  
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[16:13:38] 16:13:38 
[16:13:38]

Lipstick on teeth [X] 16:17:09 Lipstick on teeth [X] 16:17:09

A smile where The eyes don’t follow A smile where The eyes don’t follow
[X] 16:28:29 [X] 16:28:29

Excuse me miss I’m a bit


Mosley Street / York Street
Excuse me miss I’m a bit
Mosley Street / York Street

short. I haven’t got anything sorry. [X] Please short. I haven’t got anything sorry. [X] Please
go away  go away 
[bus] [brakes] [      ] [bus] [brakes] [      ]
16:37:29 
[wind] 16:37:29 
[wind]

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A Prototype of Walking Smiles
Rachel Lois Clapham and Present Attempt

About the Performance

Walking (S)miles is an event that builds a


unique ‘map’ of the city as people wander
through it, collecting smiles from passers by.

Biographies

Rachel Lois Clapham is a writer based


in Bradford. She is Co-Director of Open
Dialogues, a UK collaboration that produces
critical writing on and as performance. She
also curates radical writing with the Arts
Council partnership In a word.... Her regular
column, Inside Performance, is published by
Dance Theatre Journal. 2010 performance
work includes Re- (PSL Gallery, touring
to Norwich Arts Centre), Readers Wanted
(Pigeon Wing), Essaying Touch (Islington
Mill) and (W)reading Performance Writing: A
Guide (Live Art Development Agency).

www.opendialogues.com

Present Attempt is a group of 4 artists


making collaborative, interdisciplinary
performance works since 2007. These have
included studio-based pieces, site specific
works, writing and practice based research.
They have shown work across the UK at
the BAC, the Greenroom, the ICA, Shunt
Vaults and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
(nominated for the Total Theatre Award for
Best Emerging Company, 2007, Shortlisted
2008). The members of Present Attempt are:
James Bush, Alex Eisenberg, Venla Hatakka
and John Pinder.

www.presentattempt.co.uk

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A Prototype of Walking Smiles
© Rachel Lois Clapham and
Present Attempt (2011)

Comissioned by Hazard Festival in


association with Critical Writing Collective,
Manchester 2010

www.presentattempt.co.uk
www.opendialogues.com

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