The premiere of Undead Sun, a significant new video installation by Turner Prize-nominated artists Jane and Louise Wilson. The work was commissioned to mark the Centenary of the First World War and explores perspectives on visibility, technology and the reconstruction of narratives during that time.
During the First World War, the advent of aerial warfare and surveillance triggered rapid advance in optics and other technological innovation. Alongside these, new counter-measures in the arts of concealment and camouflage emerged.
Alluding to the threat of exposure from above, Undead Sun investigates ideas of vision, viewpoints and the visible. Consequently it also highlights the hidden and the concealed. The film itself is presented within a specially constructed architectural setting, in which the viewer's own lines of sight are directed, and partially obstructed by screens of gauze.
This is the first iteration of an unfolding project, commissioned in partnership by Film and Video Umbrella, IWM, MIMA, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Art Gallery for the Centenary of the First World War. With special thanks to Artliner.
Supported using public funding from Arts Council England.