Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller Night Walk for Edinburgh
16 Nov 2019 – 31 Jan 2020. Free. Book below.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Night Walk for Edinburgh returns as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations
Following Janet Cardiff’s voice and walking in her footsteps, you will be led through the backstreets of the Edinburgh’s Old Town, unravelling a disjointed tale – part game-playing, part surrealistic poetry, perhaps even a murder mystery – layered with history, invention and memories.
The image of the street comes up on the screen you are holding. 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: so here I am in Edinburgh…
As you listen, she begins to tell you where you are – you should be at the bottom of Advocates’ Close, looking out at Cockburn Street with your back to the steps… – and what you should do – now let’s turn around… and go up the stairs.
One of the biggest hits of this year’s Edinburgh international Festival, Cardiff and Miller’s Night Walk for Edinburgh is now a permanent part of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s collection. We plan to run the work every winter, during Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.
Collect your screen and headphones from Bookmarket in Waverley Mall. 3/1 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1BQ. Link to Bookmarket on Google Maps.
Please bring a form of ID or a credit card with you to leave in exchange for the screen.
Night Walk for Edinburgh involves c.120 steps up and 30 down, uneven ground and some steep slopes. Please dress for the terrain and the weather.
For those who need it, we are pleased to offer a seated version, inside at Bookmarket, running daily at 3.45 and 4.45pm. Call 0131 226 8181 or email email@example.com to book.
Commissioned for the city of Edinburgh by The Fruitmarket Gallery. Acquired by the Fruitmarket with Art Fund support and presented in partnership with Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay.
Supported by The Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller Commission Circle
Royal Mile: Dasha Shenkman OBE, Nick Thomas; Old Assembly: Melanie Reid
Advocates: Sophie Crichton Stuart, Fiona and Kenny Cumming, Sarah and Gerard Griffin, Catherine Muirden and Werner Keschner, William Zachs and Martin Adam
Photo: Chris Scott