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Every Thought There Ever Was | Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea UK | 8th September to 23rd December 2018

 

Materials: two robots, surround sound system, radio headphones, 3 synchronized media players, 3 projectors and a programmed light

Drawing on philosophical ideas and scientific research, this ambitious project by UK based artist Lindsay Seers considers historical representations of schizophrenia and contemporary insights into the condition achieved through the use of virtual reality.

Through digital animation, special effects, drawing and sound design, ‘Every Thought There Ever Was’ explores the extraordinary brain functioning that occurs in the condition of schizophrenia. Two screens, supported by robot arms, move with the images, bringing agency to them as an active element in the work.

The work draws on an experimental treatment known as Avatar Therapy, in which those living with schizophrenia can speak to their persecutors in a digital world. Guided by first-person accounts and a collaborative drawing exchange, Seers’ work has been shaped by conversations with scientific partners including Anil Seth at The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and Chris Frith, Emeritus and Professor of Neuropsychology, UCL to explore the current studies and thinking on the condition.

Pursuing her ongoing fascination with how an individual’s biography embodies history, Seers takes Victorian surgeon James Miranda Barry as her narrator. Barry was the Inspector General of military hospitals, making significant reforms to institutions then known as asylums, and the treatment of so called ‘lunatics’. Barry travels in time to become an Avatar with the ability to cure.

Please join us at Focal Point Gallery for the launch of Lindsay Seers ‘Every Thought There Ever Was’ on Saturday 8 September, 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

Every Thought There Ever Was is supported by Wellcome and is co-commissioned by the MAC, Belfast; Matt’s Gallery, London; Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea; Hospitalfield, Arbroath; and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

Animation by Keith Sargent and Lindsay Seers, filming, edting and post production Lindsay Seers, robot programming Keith Sargent, sound by Lindsay Seers, Pendle Poucher, David Dhonau and Rick and Vanessa Koster-Goodliffe, installation design Lindsay Seers, set-up by Anne Nesbit and Focal Point Gallery