Jane & Louise Wilson
Undead Sun: We Put the World Before You
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
A solo exhibition featuring the new commission: We Put the World Before You
The exhibition at mima continues until 15 January 2017, with a final staging at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to follow later in 2017.
About the new commission:
The title of the piece is a reference to Charles Urban’s early experiments in cinema. Urban used micro-photographic techniques to make the unseen ‘marvels’ of the natural world visible (and entertaining) to the viewing public of early cinema. Working closely with Professor Caroline Wilkinson, a forensic anthropologist who uses computer techniques to restore facial likenesses to people who have remained invisible or gone unrepresented, the Wilsons have compiled a collage of newly filmed and historical material.
Returning to a theme from their earlier work, Jane and Louise Wilson’s new film presents a scene in which a female audience are hypnotised. Based on TV footage from the 1970s, the sequence also references the rise of spiritualism and séances in the First World War. The scenes evoke the position of those left behind by conflict, often women, who have turned to alternative forms of communication to attempt contact with those missing in action or deceased.
The work and stagings have been made possible through partnerships with Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, IWM (Imperial War Museums) and Wolverhampton Art Gallery and support from Wellcome Trust, Artliner and Arts Council England. We Put the World Before You is made in collaboration with Caroline Wilkinson, Director, Face Lab, Liverpool John Moores University.