Known for working with film, video and photography, North East sisters Jane and Louise Wilson have become adept at using multimedia platforms to explore the politics and technology of conflict. As the centenary commemorations of the First World War continue, the Turner Prize nominated artists are bringing two large-scale video installations based on the effects of conflict to mima.
The first piece, Undead Sun, looks at the relationship between psychological and physical trauma caused by battle and advancements in warfare by weaving together archival footage, animation and new clips. These images are placed together using structuring devices from Tom McCarthy’s 2010 novel C to expose the futility of war. Meanwhile, Undead Sun: We Put The World Before You has been specially created for mima, and continues to examine trauma but through advancements in prosthetics. Working with Professors Ian Hutchison and Caroline Wilkinson, Jane and Louise scrutinise the similarities and differences between the First World War’s more archaic techniques and current reconstructive surgery. The Wilson sisters’ work is set to be a truly distinctive insight into warfare both past and present.