The Flynn is excited to welcome the American premiere of the interactive art installation A Portrait Without Borders, a mural created by the community and a team of robots from the UK-based studio Kaleider. For this project, the walls of the Amy E. Tarrant gallery at the Flynn will be filled with drawings of faces of the community, creating a one-of-a-kind mural representing all of us. Using a customized web portal, anyone can submit their portrait, which is turned into an original black-and-white line drawing that is drawn directly onto the Flynn walls by Kaleider’s robots.
Whether you have been to the Flynn or not, no matter your background, we encourage you to take part and make your mark on our gallery walls. A Portrait Without Borders brings people and faces together in one space, linking the community together through art, and potentially reuniting people who haven't been in the same room together for some time. This is also a chance to make a connection with the Flynn, to project yourself inside the building just before we welcome the community back to reunite and rally around the arts at our opening night party.
The robots start drawing October 9 and the mural will be completed and revealed at our Grand Reopening Celebration on October 23. You can watch the livestream of the robots in progress right now. Follow along and look for familiar faces as the gallery walls fill up with portraits of people from all over our community.
A Portrait Without Borders is created and produced by Kaleider, a production studio based in Exeter, UK, led by artist Seth Honnor and producer Katie Keeler. Kaleider combines installation, live performance, and digital to design artworks for audiences in cities, festivals, venues, and public spaces all over the world. In the last 5 years, Kaleider has performed 144 international gigs in 14 countries on 5 continents to more than 65,000 people.
If you're in Downtown Burlington, you can walk by the Flynn and see Kaleider's robots drawing a one-of-a-kind mural on the gallery walls.
First we need to draw you. This is done through the artist's website.
Once you are on the site, position yourself with your face is in full, natural light against a blank background. Select "enable camera." Then, with daylight full on your face, look towards the lens of your camera and press "draw," making sure your whole head is in frame. You can try again as many times as you like, until you get something you're happy with your portrait.
Once you're satisfied with your drawing, you'll be prompted to submit the portrait to Kaleider. Your portrait is now with the robots and is ready to go in the mural on the Flynn's gallery wall!
And, bonus, you get a copy of your own custom drawing for yourself. Share your drawing on Instagram using the hashtag #attheflynn.
The robots start doing their thing at the Flynn on October 9. You can watch the livestream of the robots drawing right now. It's fun, and more than a little mesmerizing, to watch them skitter across the walls and add each face one by one. Maybe you'll see some people you know as you watch. And keep an eye out for your own face as the robots work their magic.
A Portrait Without Borders was commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull, UK. It was created in part by the IN SITU Network as an international collaborative project in response to COVID-19. The Flynn is proud to be the only American partner of IN SITU and to work with artists across Europe to rethink how the public engage in the arts through community spaces. The project was supported by Digital Democracies and IN SITU. Kaleider is an associate artist member of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Seth Honnor, is an Associate artist of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, in the frame of the project (UN)COMMON SPACES, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The Associate artist programme is supported by Artopolis Association (HU), Atelier 231 (FR), Čtyři Dny / Four Days (CZ), FiraTàrrega (ES), Freedom Festival (UK), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (USA), La Strada (AT), Lieux publics (FR), Metropolis (DK), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Oerol Festival (NL), Østfold Internasjonale Teater (NO), Oda Teatri (XK), Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof (BE), Scène Nationale De L’Essonne Agora-Desnos (FR) and a consortium of 4 Italian partners: Zona K, Indisciplinarte, Pergine Festival, Teatro Stabile Di Sardegna.
This installation is also supported by the Flynn’s Innovation Fund and by the donation of Amy E. Tarrant.