An innovative public art project is being showcased at one of the University’s iconic buildings.
Large portraits of people who appear to have either been captured by surveillance cameras, or who conduct surveillance activity, have been hung on the outside of the McEwan Hall in Bristo Square.
The installation, which seeks to highlight issues around the use of CCTV surveillance, is inspired by the Inside Out global art project launched by JR, an anonymous French artist.
A team of students from the University and from Edinburgh College of Art have installed the portraits. Smaller posters will also be installed close to the Royal Mile.
The artwork will remain in place throughout the Edinburgh Festival in August.
Using the iconic McEwan Hall as an open art gallery is an amazing way to connect our project with Edinburgh and the University. Thousands of people who come to the Edinburgh Festival will see the artwork, giving us amazing exposure and making sure we connect with a very wide audience.
Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.
People wishing to participate are challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.
The Inside Out project is the winner of the prestigious 2011 TED prize, awarded each year by the TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) organisation.
TED hosts conferences that address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture.
This year’s TEDGlobal conference is being held in Edinburgh for the first time.
Speakers at the conference, which takes place from July 11-15, include Harald Haas, the University’s Chair of Mobile Communications.
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Photography: Circe F. Ervina
This article was published on Jul 12, 2011