The Flynn's Amy E. Tarrant Gallery reopens with the exhibition A Portrait Without Borders, a collection of selfies submitted by the public, then drawn onto gallery walls by multiple specially-designed robots. The Flynn invites you to participate in this one-of-a-kind community mural. Everyone is invited to create and submit a portrait. It's free, and your image will be part of the community mural that will fill the walls of the Flynn's gallery. 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 will start drawing by October 9, the mural will finish and be revealed at our Grand Reopening Celebration on October 23. We will livestream the robots in progress several times during the process, so 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.
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 picture 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 will start doing their thing at the Flynn on October 9. We'll post a live stream here of the robots drawing just as soon as they get going. This will take places over several stages, so there will be a few livestreams to check out over the course of the project. 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. Check out this video to get a sense of how this works.
This work was part of the Creative Europe-funded IN SITU Network ‘ACT’ 2017-2020 as an international collaborative project in response to COVID-19. It is supported by Digital Democracies and IN SITU.