Night Walk for Edinburgh
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are acclaimed throughout the world for their compelling, beguiling, almost magical video walks, which draw you into a world they create alongside your own. This book was put together during the making of Night Walk for Edinburgh, 2019. Layering together production photographs, video stills, scripts and shooting instructions, and with a new text looking at Night Walk for Edinburgh in the context of the artists’ other recent walks, it offers a glimpse into Cardiff and Miller’s unique process.
The image of the street comes up on the 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…’