25 July – 25 August 2019, 8pm–10pm, every 15mins (excl. Mondays). 1hr approx.
Tickets priced: £15. Booking through Edinburgh International Festival. www.eif.co.uk
This year The Fruitmarket Gallery has teamed up with Edinburgh International Festival to present Night Walk for Edinburgh, a brand new video walk for Edinburgh from internationally renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.
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…’
Following 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 walk uses a digital tablet and a pair of headphones which should be collected from The Milkman, 7 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP.
This work has been commissioned by the Fruitmarket and will become part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. It will be restaged regularly from early 2020.
Commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery presented in partnership with Edinburgh International Festival and in association with Edinburgh Art Festival. Acquired by the Fruitmarket with Art Fund support.
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
High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom
Photo: Chris Scott