The image of the street comes up on the iPod screen. It appears that it has been shot in the exact location that you are standing in, almost as if it is in real time. A figure walks past on the video as another passes by in the real world, the two realities aligning. The sounds from the headphones are startlingly three-dimensional, further merging the two worlds in front of you. A female voice close behind you says: ‘I think we should get started. Walk with me…’
Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller return to Edinburgh to make one of the mesmerising Video Walks for which they are acclaimed throughout the world. Following Cardiff’s voice and walking in her footsteps, you will be led through the backstreets of the Old Town, unravelling a disjointed tale – part game-playing, part surrealistic poetry, perhaps even a murder mystery - layered with history, invention and memories.
Commissioned for the city of Edinburgh by The Fruitmarket Gallery, presented in partnership with Edinburgh International Festival and in association with Edinburgh Art Festival.
The walk uses a digital tablet and headphones, to be collected from and returned to: The Milkman 7 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh.
It is a night walk in the Old Town of Edinburgh and the route includes staircases, steep hills and uneven surfaces in low light. The piece may also provoke a sense of disorientation so please be aware of your surroundings as you take part. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.
25 July – 25 August
Tues – Sun, 8 – 10pm
The Fruitmarket Gallery | Around Edinburgh
Collection Point: The Milkman
7 Cockburn Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1BS