THU 5.11. 6.30 p.m.
Jane & Louise Wilson in conversation with Erika Balsom, Lecturer in Film Studies and in Liberal Arts, King’s College, London (in English)
The video installations of Jane & Louise Wilson (both *1967) explore historically and politically charged spaces, paired with a reflection on their own film-based compositional language. Their video installation Gamma (1999) featured in the exhibition FUTURE PRESENT consists of two pairs of screen projections on walls meeting at two 90-degree angles, diagonally opposite from each other. The architectural layout of this installation — two points of view shown simultaneously and bound together — mirrors a psychic architecture. Gamma was filmed in 1998 in the former US Air Force base at Greenham Common, a Cold War operation that housed nuclear weapons and which was decommissioned in 1991. The site called “Gamma” remained as part of a treaty, which ran until 2001. As part of this treaty it was regulary visited by a Russian inspection team, an American inspection team would visit an equivalent site in Russia. The Wilson’s installation inspects the spaces of inspection and surveils control rooms and security zones, taking us off-limits into “untouchable” spaces of power. Greenham Common led to the establishment of the Women’s Peace Camp, which was a peaceful protest against the decision of the British government to allow cruise missiles to be housed there. It quickly grew in size and attained worldwide recognition, and it was the peaceful tactics used by the women’s peace movement that subsequently became the protest model for the more recent Occupy movement. The atmosphere captured in Gamma still seems dominated by the oppressive sense of surveillance and paranoia. In 1999, the Wilson sisters were Turner Prize-nominated for Gamma.
The artist’s talk is included in the price of admission.