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 were filled with drawings of faces from the community, creating a one-of-a-kind mural representing all of us. Hundreds of people from the Flynn community submitted their photos through a custom web portal, then those portraits were turned into original black-and-white line drawing and drawn directly onto the Flynn walls by Kaleider’s robots.
Whether you had been to the Flynn or not, no matter your background, everyone was encouraged you to take part and make their 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 was a chance for people to make a connection with the Flynn, to project themselves inside the building just before we welcomed the community back to reunite and rally around the arts at our opening night party.
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.
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.