Wilson brings to light certain absences and silences encountered in places, uncovering as she does, their secret histories. Historical sites of Cold War endeavours, active during a period of underlying fear, are re-inhabited by even older voices of traditional songs, and presented as sound and video work.
Louise K Wilson makes installations, live works, sound works and single channel videos. Processes of research are central to her practice and she frequently involves the participation of individuals from industry, museums, medicine and the scientific community in the making of work. Her current research uses the medium of sound to ask philosophical and material questions about the spatio-temporal physicality of certain sites and our perceptions of them. She has traveled to numerous (military and scientific) sites including nuclear submarines, US listening stations, university halls, marine research environments, rocket launch sites and disused RAF bases in pursuit of the acoustics of resonant spaces. She has explored the ways in which technologies of the audible create new ways of engaging with the traces of institutional places. Previous associations have included the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Science Museum, the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training facility in Moscow, the RSPB and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. She has exhibited widely in North America and Europe. Recent exhibitions include Re-sounding Falkland on the Falkland Estate, Scotland (2010), made with David Chapman; I Hear Too: Live, York Minster (2009); Composure, Impressions Gallery, Bradford (2008); Post-Cinema, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne (2007); Sonic Arts Network Expo, Plymouth (2007), and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2006). In 2006 she was awarded a NESTA Fellowship. Her published writing includes an interview with Paul Virilio, CTHEORY (1994); a commissioned essay for Private Views: Artists Working Today, Serpents Tail (2004); artist pages for Zero Gravity – A Cultural Users Guide, Arts Catalyst, Cornerhouse books (2005), and book chapters for A Fearsome Heritage: Diverse Legacies of the Cold War, Left Coast Press (2007) and Contemporary Archaeologies: Excavating Now, Peter Lang, (2009).