A walk on Edinburgh’s wild side
This article is from 2012.
One can only hope that at least some of the ‘true’ events described in this one-woman show didn’t actually happen. According to young live art maker Jenna Watt, her close friend, Jeremy, was seriously assaulted in London, a large number of other friends of hers have suffered unprovoked violence in Edinburgh, and she herself was chased through the streets of Scotland’s capital by a stranger who meant her harm.
Concerned by the so-called ‘bystander effect’, by which the larger the group of onlookers, the less likely bystanders are to intervene to stop an assault, Watt has decided to become a flâneur (i.e. an artist who strolls the streets of a city excavating its hidden truths). Using the simple devices of an overhead projector, two audio interviews (one with a police officer, the other with a victim of random street violence) and a toy giraffe, Watt approaches her subject with a humour and a discursive informality similar to that of fellow live artist Rob Drummond; even if her simple approach struggles to carry the weight of her subject.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 26 Aug (not 17 & 18), 2pm, £8 (£6).