My principle project at the Edinburgh Fringe this year is an exciting new collaboration between myself & social gaming legends Hide and Seek. It’s supported by Escalator East to Edinburgh, Arts Council England and the Jerwood Foundation. We’ve been putting on the finishing touches over the last month, and finally it’s ready to LAUNCH.
Hinterland is a long poem, hidden in four locations across the city of Edinburgh. Anyone that goes looking for the poem will have a different experience. The poem responds to your actions, changing every time.
In order to hear the first canto of the poem, you must collect a free booklet of instructions from the Forest Fringe (Bristo Place, Edinburgh).
These instructions will ask you to find a particular kind of stranger; a random person, somewhere in Edinburgh, with a particular skill. Maybe you’ll bump into someone that can help straight away. Maybe you wont meet them for days. Either way is fine. There’s no rush.
Once you’ve found them, you and the stranger must work together to answer a couple of simple questions about yourselves. When the awkward conversation is finally over, you phone up our special phone number and leave your answers with our operator.
A few minutes later, we send you back the first canto of Hinterland, which you can listen to on your phone. Once complete, you can return to the Forest Fringe for Canto 2.
The poem responds to the answers you collect, using your experience in exciting, unexpected ways. The more Cantos you collect, the more the Hinterland seems to know you. Each new canto leads to new jeopardy, leading you deeper into the world of the Hinterland: a landscape built from misunderstandings, invisible borders, crossed lines and untranslatable sayings.
COME VISIT US AT THE FOREST FRINGE, BRISTO PLACE, 12-6pm, 15-27 August.
More info, videos, etc to follow