NVA's Speed of Light
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Cast yourself in this year’s most extraordinary performance!
This August Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat is the stage for a remarkable fusion of public art and sporting endeavour. The iconic mountain is brought to life in a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running, as part of Edinburgh International Festival and London 2012 Festival.
A mesmerising visual display unfolds each night on the ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing specially designed light suits take to the intricate path networks below. As a member of the walking audience you become part of the work, carrying portable light sources set against the dark features of the hill.
Each individual performance is created by collective action, landscape and weather, offering a rare perspective on the cityscape, night skies and the sea and hills beyond.
The wider programme extends across eight of Edinburgh’s festivals throughout 2012 with a series of blogs, lectures, events and discussions investigating environmental art, human endurance and the interior experience of running.
NVA produces award-winning and dynamic events in challenging landscapes. Past works include The Storr: Unfolding Landscape on the mountains of Skye, Half Life, Argyll, The Path, Glen Lyon. Permanent spaces include the Hidden Gardens, Glasgow and the current resuscitation of St Peter’s Seminary and Kilmahew woodlands, Cardross.
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Reviews & features
Behind the scenes at NVA's Speed of Light10 Aug 2012
Account of walking participation in Edinburgh International Festival event
It’s been described as looking like the movie Tron, a human work of art and a sci-fi sports endeavour, against the most famous silhouette Edinburgh has to offer. Rhona Taylor takes to the hills, and investigates what NVA’s much-talked-about Speed of…
Some of the stranger places to watch a show this Festival2 Aug 2012
Unexpected venues to enjoy Edinburgh Festival 2012
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Susan Philipsz, Kevin Harman and Anthony Schrag take art to the streets28 Jul 2012
The artists are staging outdoor works as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival's Festival Promenade
'I’m checking them out / I’m checking them out / I got it figured out / I got it figured out / There’s good points and bad points / Find a city / Find myself a city to live in.’ (David Byrne / Talking Heads – ‘Cities’) If Edinburgh’s town planners…
Interview: NVA's Speed of Light at Edinburgh International Festival 201211 Jul 2012
Sport and art combine to cover Arthur’s Seat with light and colour
Arthur’s Seat will be a dramatic spectacle of light and colour thanks to NVA. Claire Sawers talks to Angus Farquhar and some of his runners ahead of this ambitious meeting of sport and art