Artwork Description

Please note, Vivid Sydney 2019 will be running from 24 May to 15 June in The Rocks precinct. Due to large crowds, the experience of the City of Forking Paths artwork will be significantly compromised. We recommend you postpone your experience until after 15 June.

This video walk will become, I’m sure, a must-do encounter for the people of, and visitors to, Sydney.

– Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director, 19th Biennale of Sydney

Immerse yourself in the engrossing world of fact and fiction as artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller lead you on a twilight video walk around The Rocks.

Experienced on a smart phone or mobile device, The City of Forking Paths leads people on a fictional journey through physical surrounds at dusk. Starting at Customs House in Circular Quay, the work weaves a trail through The Rocks.

Against the backdrop of real streets, the artists invent fictional scenarios and incidents for users to discover along the way. Guided by the voice of Janet Cardiff, familiar streets, made mystical at dusk, become the backdrop for an unfolding narrative of memory, displacement and desire.

The title is an homage to Jorges Luis Borges’ story, The Garden of Forking Paths, a tale that uses the genre of a spy story to uncover questions of time and loss.


Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are internationally renowned for their distinctive and innovative body of works comprising of multimedia audio installations and site-specific walks.


The City of Sydney has committed to commission one major artwork from each of the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Biennale of Sydney exhibitions.

The City of Forking Paths was commissioned by the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, curated by Julianna Engberg.

This is the first City of Sydney legacy artwork that will remain in Sydney as a permanent legacy.

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