A Portrait Without Borders is a Kaleider production commissioned by Freedom Festival in Hull, where it opened in September 2020, and supported by Digital Democracies. Kaleider is an international production studio led by artist Seth Honnor. Playing on the edge of installation, live performance and digital Kaleider makes artworks for audiences all over the world and runs innovation programmes in art and creative technology for others to develop and produce work.

For A Portrait Without Borders, Kaleider built an online platform where the public can go and capture their selfie, see an AI drawing of it, and then submit that drawing, to be drawn by a robot in empty venues. Each drawing sits amongst all the others submitted, creating large murals of physical presence, togetherness, and solidarity at a time of distance and fear, in multiple locations internationally.

Over the course of the project, large-scale murals of many faces will be created. Strangers next to each other, simultaneously present, together, and yet apart. It is very hard for people to be physically distanced and not also feel mentally distanced. We hope this project will create a joyful sense of solidarity and togetherness at a time of physical distance.

The online platform hosts a live stream of the robotic polargraphs drawing everybody’s faces, providing a witness to the live and physical act happening in real time in deserted venues.

Commissioned by

Freedom Festival Arts Trust

Supported by Digital Democracies and IN SITU.

Part of the Creative Europe funded IN SITU Network ‘ACT’ 2017-2020 as an international collaborative project in response to Covid-19.

Kaleider is an associated member of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


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