INSULAE (Of the Island)

Flying at drone height over virtual waves, this video installation contemplates the impact of island geography on national identity in the age of Brexit, through a perpetually looping virtual tour of the waters just off the British coastline which circles the entire mainland. With the ocean as a metaphorical buffer between the UK and the rest of the world, the viewer is taken on a digitally-rendered  journey, endlessly patrolling our watery borders. 

Created using Google Earth – initially developed as a CIA global surveillance tool – this video is very much an artificial construct, like any historical narrative. Artefacts and glitches become incorporated into the visual narrative, fleeting moments frozen distorted and monumentalised, and the whole vision digitally filtered, enhanced and artificially beautified. The deeply emotive concept of the national border is re-framed as aesthetics through the distancing godgaze of the satellite imagery.

This installation was a joint commission between Lumen Art Projects, Sky Arts 50 and the Barbican Centre for their 2019 programme, ‘Life Rewired’.

This work is available for touring. Please contact studio[at]nyethompson.co.uk