School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Professor Jane Wilson

Professor of Fine Art

Background

Jane Wilson has been working as an artist duo in collaboration with her twin sister Louise Wilson for over two decades. Graduating in the 1989 with a joint degree show in Dundee and Newcastle then as postgraduate in a working collaboration from Goldsmiths College in 1992.

They have since 1990 gained a national and international reputation as artists working with photography and the moving image, installation in an expanded form of cinema and lens based media.

Recently they completed a new commission for the Imperial War Museum, London which opened in October 2014 – January 2015 and which will tour to MIMA, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Art Gallery 2016.

Their research was primarily at the Imperial War Museum archive, looking specifically at archive images of early surveillance and camouflage techniques employed during the WWI. The completed film installation “Undead Sun” 2014, was commissioned by the Arts Council of England and the Imperial War Museum, to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Building on my longstanding interest in the technology and architecture of conflict, the film explores perspectives on visibility, technology and the reconstruction of narratives about that period.

The film blends animation, historical photography and staged scenes to underscore the paradoxical relationship between warfare and technological progress, emphasizing the evolving surveillance and propaganda programs of World War I.

 

Their early works centred on abandoned buildings, often imbued with the presence and ideology of the original occupants. Through carefully choreographed film installations, sound works and photography they have explored some of Europe’s least accessible sites including a former Stasi Prison in former East Berlin, the British Houses of Parliament and the huge Star City complex in Moscow, a key site of the Russian Space Programme.

In 1999 they were nominated for The Turner Prize for their multi-screen installation Gamma, that was on show in 2015 at The Schaulager Museum, Basel, in the exhibition FUTURE/PRESENT.

 

Their photographic series the Sealander works, taken along the Normandy coastline, of the bunkers that formed part of The Atlantic Wall were recently on show at Museum Folkwang Essen, the exhibition was titled ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ which toured from Tate Modern. And there most recent projects include a two person exhibition at MIMA, Middlesbrough Oct 2016- Jan 2017, and a presentation of photographs, sculpture and video from the Sealander series of works at The J Paul Getty Museum, LA Feb-July 2017. Future projects will include a presentation at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2018 and Gapado AiR, an artist residency in Korea in Spring 2018.

 

The Wilson sisters have had held exhibitions in the UK and internationally in places such as Kazakhstan, the USA, Canada, Japan and all over Europe. They have also exhibited widely in international group shows, including the Carnegie International (1999), Korean Biennial (2000), Istanbul Biennial (2001), Moving Pictures at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2003), Remind at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2003), and Out of Time at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006), 2010“Suspending Time”, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal 2010-11 Tempo Suspenso , CGAC, Santiago de Compostela,  Sharjah Biennial (2011), 2012-13 'The Toxic Camera ' The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, "Ruin Lust" Tate Britain( 2014), "Conflict, Time and Photography" Tate Modern.

 

Jane is a board member of DACS and honorary Visiting Professor of Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton.

Research

2017      Publication: 2016, Heeney Gwen,’’The Post Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice’’Material Memory, 2016 Cambridge Scholars Publishing

2014      Conference: Material Memory:The Post Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice Conference,Keynotes speaker and papers presented by Jane and Louise Wilson, Andrew Burton,Tim Edensor, Wolfgang Weileder, Anne Helen Mydland, Neil Brownsword, Ian Thompson.  

2014       Symposium: Erosion and Illegibility of Images – Blocked Vision and Self­Reflexivity in Contemporary Art New Art Gallery Walsall, one-day symposium, artists Jane and Louise Wilson, Idiris Khan and Maria Chevska

2013       Research Presentation:Jane & Louise Wilson an illustrated lecture, as part of CADRE (Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation) School of Art and Design, Wolverhampton University.

2012       Student Study Day Symposium: APOCALYPSE NOW, Thinking About Ruins and Radiation, Student Study Day at the Whitworth Art Gallery, speakers Dr.Paul Dobraszcyk (University of Manchester),Jane and Louise Wilson (Artists), Dr.Jeff Hughes (University of Manchester),Prof Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University) Dr.Bradley Garrett (Royal Holloway) Dr.Dylan Trigg (Husserl Archives, Ecole Normal Superieure)

2004       Residency at the School of Fine Arts,SOFA Gallery,Christchurch, New Zealand  

2002       Awarded Doctors of Civil Law DCL, Northumbria.  

2000       IASPIS International Artists Studio Programme Stockholm.    

1999       Nominated for the 1999 Turner Prize Award.  

1996       DAAD  Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Berliner Kunstlerprogramm Berlin, Hanover,Germany Jane and Louise)  

1993       Barclays Young Artist Award (winners) 

1990-92 Goldsmiths College, London, MA Fine Art (Jane and Louise)  

1986-89 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, BA Fine Art (Louise) Newcastle Polytechnic, BA Fine Art (Jane).  

 

 

 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT  

  

 

2015 - 17  (0.6) Senior Tutor Research, Moving Image Pathway in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art, Post-Graduate students 2 year study (2016/17 cohort of 40) (Jane Wilson)  

 

2013-15   Professor of Art (0.2) Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton U.K. (Jane Wilson)  

The  appointment was hosted by the Art, Critique and Social Practice cluster set up to enable the successful candidate to pursue a project or projects during this period, with additional support from Corinne Miller, Director of Wolverhampton Art Gallery.The form of any project(s) is entirely open but should have some initial connection to the  W.Midlands/Black Country. Provision has also been made to appoint a new practic­based PhD student, in connection with the post who could offer hands on support (along with other members of the student body who would benefit enormously from coming into contact with your work).  

2013-15   Visiting Professor of Art (0.2), Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton U.K (Louise Wilson)  

2001-2005  External Assessor for MFA Fine Art,Glasgow School of Art, Post Graduate (Jane Wilson)  

1997-98      Part-time professors at the Kunst Academy Oslo, Undergraduate teaching (Jane Wilson and Louise Wilson)    

1995-96      Part-time teaching at Goldsmiths College of Art, Under Graduate (Jane Wilson and Louise Wilson)  

 

 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS  

 

   

2017  ’Sealander’ (solo presentation) The Focus Gallery at The Getty Museum, L.A.

2018  ‘Conspiracy And Art’ (Group) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  

 

GROUP    EXHIBITIONS  

    

2016  ‘SeMA Bienniale Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

2016  ‘Fireflies in the Night Take Wing’ Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Cultural Center (SNFCC) Athens, 2016.    

‘Daydreaming with…Stanley Kubrick’, Somerset House, London.  

2016’  ‘ Future Ruin’ ‘Summer Show’, The Royal Academy of Art, London 

2016   ‘False Positives and False Negatives’, Museo de la Casa, Madrid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015   ‘Conflict,Time,Photography, Folwang Museum, Essen, Germany

2015   ‘FUTURE  PRESENT’,The Schaulager, Basel Switzerland.  

2015   ‘From the ruins…’ 601 Artspace, New York

2015   ‘History is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain’, Hayward Gallery, London,U.K

2014   'Conflict, Time, Photography'' ,Tate Modern, London, U.K.  

2014,   Art Basel, Film Program, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

2014    'A Thousand Doors', The Gennadius Library And Gardens, Athens, Greece

2014    'Ruin Lust'' Tate Britain, London, U.K.  

2013   ‘’Ja Natuurlijk'' Gemeentmuseum, The Hague  

2013   ‘’The Toxic Camera'' International Film Festival Rotterdam

2012-13 ‘Tomorrow was already here'' Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, United Mexican States  

2012-13 'Unfolding the Aryan Papers'', in the exhibition ''Stanley Kubrick'', LACMA, Los Angeles CA, U.S.A

2012    ‘Critique and Crisis : The Desire of Freedom in Art in Europe Since 1945’’, The Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Germany.

 

SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

 

2017    Wolverhampton City Art Gallery, “Undead Sun” 2014-16 (

2016   ‘Undead Sun: We Put the World  Before You’ (solo) MIMA, Middlesbrough

2016   ‘Unfolding the Aryan Papers’ Jane and Louise Wilson. MAV Virtual Archeological  Museum, Ercolano, Italy

2013    Jane & Louise Wilson, 303 Gallery, New York, U.S.A.  

2014    ‘Undead Sun’ Imperial War Museum, London.  

2014,   ‘Imperial Measure’ C.Nichols Project, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2013    ‘False Positives and False Negatives’ Jane & Louise Wilson, Paradise Row Gallery, London.’Face Scripting What Did The Building See?’’

2013     Jane & Louise Wilson, 303 Gallery, New York, U.S.A.  

2012-13 'The Toxic Camera' The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 2012 Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK.(

2011     ‘Atomgrad Nature Abhors A Vacuum’ 2010, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

2011     ‘Unfolding the Aryan Papers’ Jane and Louise Wilson, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid

2010­11’Tempo Suspenso’, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2010     “Suspending  Time”,Calouste Gulbenkian  Foundation,Lisbon, Portugal Helga de Alvear, Madrid EMPAC,Troy, New York, U.S.A.

 

 

 

 

 

2009     “Unfolding  the  Aryan  Papers”, 2009  BFI, British Film Institute Gallery, Southbank, UK  Gallery, London,Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2008      ‘’The Silence is Twice as Fast Backwards’Jane and Louise Wilson Musée dʼArt Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

2008       Jane and Louise Wilson,303 Gallery,New York, NY  

2008- 9  ’Spiteful of Dream’, Jane and Louise Wilson, Quad Gallery, Derby,U.K

2007- 8  ’Sealander’ New Art Gallery, Walsall, Walsall

2006'     ‘’Sealander’’ Haunch of Venison Gallery Zurich, Switzerland (

2005      ‘’The New Brutalists", Lisson Gallery, London, UK  

2004      ‘Jane And Louise Wilson’ De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  

2004       ‘A Free And Anonymous Monument’ Bergen Art Museum, Bergen, Norway Socrates Sculpture Park, NewYork, NY “Erewhon”, Jane and Louise Wilson 303 Gallery, New  York, NY Fondazione Davide Halevim, Milan,Italy ʻA Free and Anonymous Monumentʼ, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland Umea Bildmusset,Umea, Sweden

2003       ‘A Free and Anonymous Monument’, The BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Gateshead, U.K ( travelling to Kunsthaus, Bregenz)  

2003        Jane & Louise Wilson, Lisson Gallery,London, UK  

2003        Centro de Fotografia, Salamanaca, Spain  

2002       “Proton, Unity, Energy, Blizzard” Kunst-­Werke, Berlin, Germany    

2001       “Las Vegas, Graveyard Time”, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas,TX    

2000       ‘’Star City”, 303 Gallery,New York, NY.  

2000       “Parliament, A Third House” Bernier / Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece.  

2000       “Stasi City & Crawl Space”,MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, MA

1999-2000 “TheTurner Prize”,Tate Gallery, London,UK.  

1999        “Jane & Louise Wilson”, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, 1999        “Gamma”, Lisson Gallery, London,U.K.  

1998        “Stasi City”, 303 Gallery, New York, U.S.A, Hamburg Kunsthalle,Hamburg, Germany  Milwaukee  Art Museum, Milwaukee,Wisconsin. H & R Projects, Brussels, Belgium.

1998        “Film Stills”, Aki-Ex Gallery,Tokyo, Japan  

1997        “Stasi City”, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany, travelling to Kunstraum Munich, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland; and Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany  

1997        “Jane and Louise Wilson”,  LEA, London, UK.  

1996        Galleria S.A.L.E.S. Rome, Italy,as part of the British Art Festival (exh.cat.)  

1995        “Normapaths”, Chisenhale Gallery, London, U.K. and Berwick Gymnasium    Gallery,Berwick-upon-Tweed, U.K. (exh. cat.)  

1995        “Crawl Space’’ Milch Gallery, London, U.K.  

1994        “Routes 1 & 9 North”, AC Project Room, New York, U.S.A.  

1994        “Crawl Space”, British Project II, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS Cont’d.

 

 

 

2012 “Critique and Crisis: Art in Europe since 1945, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

2011 Sharjah Biennial 10 ‘A Plot For A Biennial’, United Arab Emirates “Space, About a Dream”, Kunsthalle wien, Vienna, ALIAS: Photomonth in Krakow, Poland

2010 ʻStar City – The Future Under Communism”, Nottingham Contemporary, England “Imaginario da Paisagem”, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portugal “The Science Of Imagination” Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2009 "Of Other Spaces", Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH Sharjah Biennial 9, United Arab Emirates

2008  ‘ Spiteful of Dream’ Quad Gallery, Derby, England

2007   “Sounding the Subject”, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 11– December 21

"Crossing Walls", Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Grand Canary Palms, Spain "Temptation of Space", Louis Vuitton, Paris "Reconstruction #2", Sudeley Castle, Winchombe, Gloustershire "Double Vision", Deutsche Bank, New York

2006   "Out of Time", Museum of Modern Art, New York "Serpentine Gallery Marathon", London

Space is the Place", Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

2004   “The Raft of the Macumba”, Les Abattoirs, musée d'art moderne et contemporaine, Toulouse “Dream Extensions”, S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgium “Printemps du Septembre”, Toulouse “Shhh....”, Victoria and Albert Museum

2003   “Unlimited Edition”, Millais Gallery, Southampton, UK “Video Mix”, Arario Gallery, Korea “Here is Elsewhere”, MOMA, Queens, NY “Crosscurrents at Centuryʼs End: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Art Collections”, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (travelling To Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; and the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL) “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”, Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland.

   2003 ‘25 Hours”, The Video Art Foundation  & UNXposed, Barcelona, Spain

 2002 ‘Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, England, inaugural exhibition “The GAP Show; Young       Critical Art from Great Britain”, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany “Screen Memories”, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Japan “Outer & Inner Space: Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat, Jane & Louise Wilson and the History of Video Art”curated by John B. Ravenol, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, USA.

“Wallflowers”, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

2001 “Beau Monde”, curated by Dave Hickey, SITE Sante Fe, NM “W”, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

“Hypermental Rampant Reality 1950-2000 from Salvador Dali to Jeff Koons”, curated by Bice Curiger, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland “Public Offerings”, MOCA, Los Angeles, LA “Double Vision”. Galeri für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany “EGOFUGAL”, The 7th International Instanbul Biennial, Instanbul, Turkey (traveled to Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan),(exh.cat)

 

 “Zero Gravity: Art, Technology and New Spaces of Identity”, Palazzo delle    Esposizioni, Rome, Italy Magazin 3, Stockholm, Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden “The Wastland, Desert and Ice: Barren Landscapes in Photography”, Atelier Augarten, Wien, Austria, (exh.cat)

“No world without you...Reflections of identity in New British Art”, Herzliya Musuem of Art, Israel “2001

A Space Oddity”, The Colony Room Club, London (exh. cat)

“Wallflowers”, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

 

 

2001   “Beau Monde”, curated by Dave Hickey, SITE Sante Fe, NM “W”, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

“Hypermental Rampant Reality 1950-2000 from Salvador Dali to Jeff Koons”, curated by Bice Curiger, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland “Public Offerings”, MOCA, Los Angeles, LA “Double Vision”. Galeri für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany “EGOFUGAL”, The 7th International Instanbul Biennial, Instanbul, Turkey (traveled to Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan),(exh.cat)

“Zero Gravity: Art, Technology and New Spaces of Identity”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy Magazin 3, Stockholm, Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden “The Wastland, Desert and Ice: Barren Landscapes in Photography”, Atelier Augarten, Wien, Austria, (exh.cat)

“No world without you...Reflections of identity in New British Art”, Herzliya Musuem of Art, Israel “2001.