Wales, UK / Duration 3m 12s / 2014
Ascension Ceiling was inspired by Baroque illusionistic painting and explores the omnipotent viewpoint of drone operators. The work is a response to the continued use of local airspace for the testing of military drones based at the West Wales UAV centre in Aberporth. It raises questions of observation and complicity, using audio and video footage of military UAV operators to construct an animated re-imagining of the world ‘Di sotto in sù’ (seen from below).
Sean Vicary is an artist based in West Wales, his work deals with our increasingly politicised relationship to the ‘natural’ world and his moving image pieces have been broadcast in the UK and exhibited worldwide.
Often working site-sensitively he is drawn to investigating the links between the subjective, scientific and social/ historical aspects of place; in particular those that are obscure or concealed, making connections and teasing out the hidden processes at play behind the visible. Recent work has explored these ideas through animated assemblages, projections and augmented reality apps. These act as triggers for the viewer, sometimes suggestive of a wider narrative.