Jane and Louise Wilson
(b.1967, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Jane and Louise Wilson describe their way of looking as 'forensic'. Over the past two decades, their film and video installations have probed collective fears and paranoia, and investigated architectural sites that were former centres of power during the Cold War. Their atmospheric photographs also have a filmic quality, conjuring up underlying narratives of violence or crime. Fascinated by the techniques and politics of surveillance, they have infiltrated and surveyed such locations as the disused US Air Force missile base at Greenham Common, the abandoned headquarters of the East German secret police, and Russia's defunct cosmonaut training centre.
Their recent work has included a photographic portrait of the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and a two-part film installation inspired by the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel in Dubai. Entitled Face Scripting: What Did the Building See? , this was commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and first presented at the Sharjah Biennial 10 in 2011.
Caroline Wilkinson is Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on the development of accurate facial reconstruction methods by analysing the relationships between the soft and hard tissues of the face, in order to assess old and create new standards for practical use.
In conversation with Caroline Wilkinson
Jane and Louise Wilson in conversation with Caroline Wilkinson
Jane and Louise Wilson join Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee, in a conversation about the forensic sciences and forensic tendencies in art.
Venue: Hayward Gallery Lecture Theatre
Approximate duration: 90 minutes