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Night Walk for Edinburgh

16 November 2019 until 31 January 2020
Bookmarket: a pop up bookshop and events space

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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 Advocate’s 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.

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.

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. They plan to run the work every winter, during Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations. Catch it this winter.

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Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Night Walk for Edinburgh, 2019. Photo: Chris Scott

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Night Walk for Edinburgh, 2019. Photo: Chris Scott