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Exhibitions

2010

Broadcast commission '3 Minute Wonder series', Channel 4 | 27, 28, 29, 30 Sept & 18, 19, 20, 21 Oct

Press release: Whitechapel Gallery, Thursday 16 September 2010

JARMAN AWARD-WINNER LINDSAY SEERS
3 MINUTE WONDERS COMMISSION ON NATIONAL TELEVISION

Winner of the 2009 Film London Jarman Award Lindsay Seers uses a dark combination of performance, film and installation to interweave history, literature and philosophy in works founded on strange truths.

For her 3 Minute Wonders commission Seers has produced four films that chart aspects of her life and artistic practice, related through a myriad of tales told by those who have known her....

Materials: Cardboard and wooden structure with steel platform. Cardboard tubes, cardboard star and diamond forms, wooden stairs, 22 minute HD video with 5.1 surround sound, masked projection onto an elevated circular screen. Monitor work on a plinth, free novel on shelves to be taken away.

Essay: Escaping the Fortress of Memory: Archive Pathology in Lindsay Seers’ art. Author: Louise Wolthers, August 2011

This is a manuscript for an article written for the anthology...

Materials: 2 synchronized DVD projections with 5.1 surround sound projected onto 4m wide wooden projection screens built at an angle to the wall.

Arts Council Collection

Excerpt from: Human Camera. Author: M. Anthony Penwill.

The Truth Was Always There is Seers' most technically ambitious film. It is presented as a split screen narrative that traces the skein of connections between her family and  the history of medieval philosophy and alchemy. It is also the most unnerving...

Persistence of Vision | FACT, Liverpool | 18 June - 30 August 2010

Materials: Cardboard and wooden structure, two masked circular  MDF screens on mobile brackets, DVD projection with 5.1 surround sound, cardboard star,  monitor with headphones, DVD with stereo sound, bench, free novel to take away.

Exhibition text: Persistence of Vision, FACT

With so many technologies for recording and archiving visual information, it is not clear whether our memories are better or worse as a result. Things we remember on hard drives do not necessarily stick in the mind.
A new show at FACT explores issues...

2009

It has to be this way | Matt's Gallery, London | 21 January–15 March 2009

Materials: Cardboard and wooden structure, 2 masked circular  MDF screens on mobile brackets, DVD projection with 5.1 surround sound, 2 cardboard stars, 2 monitors with headphones, 2 DVDs with stereo sound, bench, free novel.

From a tangle of manuscripts, research notes and fateful box of photographs, Lindsay seers tries to make sense of her step-sisters strange and desperate variant of in which photographs become a means of divination. The search for her missing sibling takes the artist to the Vatican library in Rome where Queen Christina of Sweden's manuscripts...

Materials: Cardboard and wooden structure finished with clouts, metal chimney, screen, 13 minute video projection with sound from 3 channels.

Tate Collection

Essay: Travelling beyond reason. Author: Ole Hagen

As she stands in the doorway with her suitcase, for a brief moment I’m unsure of whether the artist I’ve come to know so intimately is just arriving or just leaving this time. When she says good­bye, I recall her current travel route, but it occurs to me that ‘that which travels’...

2007

Materials: 2 screen synchronised DVD projection with surround sound; wooden and cardboard structure with DVD projection and 3 channel sound, monitor DVD work on headphones, ventriloquist's dummy with electronics and cameras, series of photographs.

Excerpt from: Richard Grayson's text in Smart Paper ‘Swallowing Black Maria’

Seers’ recent interest in Thomas Edison’s first film studio continues a path of convergence. The building constructed in 1893 was known as the Black Maria. named after the van used by police...

2006

The truth was always there | The Collection, Lincoln | 23 September 2006 - January 2007

Materials: DVD installation with 2 projections and 5.1 surround sound.

Excerpt from: Richard Grayson text in Smart Paper ‘Swallowing Black Maria’.

"Seers takes this logic of projection further. With Bill and the other dummies her recording function is externalised and she expands this into an undertaking to turn herself into a projector. This development is hinted at in the drawing of her body where the cone of what is visible seemingly radiates from her head. The image inexorably recalls earlier ideas of sight where the...

Materials: 2 DVD projections, monitor work on headphones, book and mouth photograph mounted in a perspex box

Review: Guardian March 18th 2006. Author: Robert Clarke.

"The art of Lindsay Seers is as much self-creation as self-expression. Her autobiographical escapades are both past reflections and future projections. Her alter ego is a ventriloquist's dummy that elucidates Seers' life story through endlessly elliptical dialogues. Her self image is so obsessed by photography that she turns herself into a documentary...

Materials: Ventriloquist's dummy with two heads, two cameras and electronics; 2 monitor works on DVD with headphones; DVD projection with stereo sound, book and shelf, mouth photograph in perspex case.

The exhibition featured a newly commissioned DVD work for Grundy, entitled Under the Influence of Magicians, which specifically draws on the ventriloquist phase of Seers work. The film plots the relationship between the artist's Aunty Barbara and Cyril Critchlow. Peter Seers (Barbara's brother and Lindsay's father) met Cyril ( a Blackpool magician)...