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The City of Forking Paths

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The Rocks seen differently

As you walk along by yourself in the twilight hours, you are guided by a voice on your mobile device telling you where to go, where to stop, what to see and a story behind each of these. Are you up for it? This innovative and different way to see parts of a city is City of Forking Paths experience! Using your mobile device (phone or tablet) you are taken on a twilight, immersive tour of The Rocks area in Sydney. But this is not an ordinary tour, it is a journey through this unique area using places and physical surrounds to weave a partly fictional narrative in which you become immersed.

Your journey begins at Customs House at Circular Quay where a team member will meet you. The route then takes you through alleyways, up staircases and through beautiful historic locations overlooking the city. Even though by now it will be night-time, areas are lit by street-lighting and ambient lighting throughout.

The two artists, Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller who are creators of this exciting project, invent fictional scenarios and incidents for users to discover along the way as you make your way through the old, somewhat mystical, streets of The Rocks using your mobile device. You are guided by the voice of Janet Cardiff who takes you through some interesting narratives of memory, place, displacement, and desire. Time and place are blended as are historical and fantastical situations. It really is a tour experience like no other.

The art project is a Biennale of Sydney Legacy artwork in the City of Sydney Art collection. For more information, frequently asked questions and dates visit the official website here.

Please note

The tour is free and there are still a few spots available for Saturday 23rd February, March 1st, March 7th and March 9th but hurry and register here!

Users must be 18 years and over unless accompanied by an adult. The walk is not suitable for children under 12 years.

This walk is intended for individual use and groups of people will be encouraged to begin the walk at staggered intervals. If you feel uncomfortable with the idea of being in quiet parts of The Rocks at night, you can walk with a friend.

The wearing of comfortable shoes is recommended as the route involves steep staircases and uneven surfaces in low light.

Visitors are advised that the piece may provoke feelings of distraction and disorientation. Please be aware of your surroundings as you do this audio/visual walk.
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Why? For a different tour experience through The Rocks
When: Tours start at 7.30 but you must register for an allocated time
Where: Meet at Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Cost: Free
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What fun!
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