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Presented in the Berwick Gymnasium is the multi-channel video installation High Wire (2008), by acclaimed British artist Catherine Yass. The work follows the French high-wire artist Dider Pasquette, who was invited by Yass to walk a wire strung between two towers on the Red Road Estate in Glasgow. Stepping out between what were once the highest social housing blocks in all of Europe, Pasquette offers us the ultimate vertiginous perspective.
Because of The Gymnasium’s location beneath the town walls, visitors can see, from the gallery’s windows, people walking above them along Berwick’s ramparts – a visual repetition of Pasquette’s high level walk being screened in the gallery.
High Wire is shown with thanks to and generous support from the artist and Artangel, who commissioned the work with Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art in 2007.
The exhibition of this work is part of WALK ON, Art Walking Northumberland, a project supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and from Arts Council England. Substantial support has also been generously given by Art Circuit Touring Exhibitions and W.A.L.K (Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge).
|Catherine Yass, High Wire takes place at...|
|Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Museums and galleries)|