INSULAE (Of the Island)

Flying at drone height over digitally-rendered 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. With the ocean as a metaphorical buffer between the UK and the rest of the world, the viewer is taken on an endless patrol of 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.

Trailer for INSULAE (Of the Island), 2019

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

INSULAE (Of the Island) : Irish Sea : Part 12 of 16 : REMASTERED EXCERPT FOR HOME VIEWING

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