Photo: Kye Wilson in Portsmouth, South East

Kye Wilson


Kye Wilson (b.1976, Portsmouth, UK) uses moving image to create films and video installations that explore space, self and other, challenging notions of absence and presence, live and mediated, and real versus simulated. A signature characteristic of his art is the embodiment of (him) self through technology - typically a video representation in the form of a female character or performer. This ambiguous, screen projected image enables audiences to engage with the identities of Wilson and the protagonist, acting as a “digital mirror” allowing the viewer to bring their own self and experience to the works. Recent activities include site-specific video installations devised and realised for a variety of different spaces including galleries and challenging historical places, including the Circulo de Belles Artes museum, Madrid, the National Trust's Mottisfont estate, The Round Tower, (a fifteenth century fortification in Old Portsmouth), and Winchester Cathedral. This includes an ongoing body of work entitled ‘Unified Spaces’, in which each individual installation artwork is comprised of life-size projections showcased in the exact spot where a ‘performance to camera’ has taken place, described by Wilson as ‘video trompe l’oeil’. Kye Wilson’s achievements include graduating with an MA Fine Art with distinction from the University of Portsmouth in 2011, and receiving awards and commissions from Arts Council England, Festival of Video Art Kinolevchyk, Hayward Gallery and Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Arts (MADATAC). Wilson has shown work in the UK and internationally.

Location Portsmouth, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Private commissions, Visual arts consultancy, Technical installation, Film-making
Artforms / type of project Project, Film & Video, Installation, Live Art, Performance
Tags kye, kye wilson, wilson-eflerova, self, other, video installation, performance, film & video, moving image, video art

News & Events

  • Ecclesia/Synagoga - Exhibition/live performances by award winning artist collective, Wilson-Eflerová

    14/04/2015 – 29/04/2015
    Portsmouth Cathedral

    Supported by Arts Council England Wilson-Eflerová’s engaging new live performances, ‘Ecclesia/Synagoga’ and compelling video installation ‘Anima/Animus’ will be showcased at Portsmouth Cathedral.

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  • Embodied Vistas

    11/09/2014 – 03/10/2014

    Embodied Vistas sees Wilson-Eflerová (Kye Wilson&Helena Eflerová) combine video and performance, offering audiences an embodied experience, blurring the distinctions between place, oneself and other.

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