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Review: Lindsay Seers’ Extramission 6 (Black Maria). Author: Michael Newman.

Sold, Tate Collection

On first encounter, the visitor comes upon what looks like a large black, irregularly-shaped building within the gallery. Upon entering, he or she finds a place to sit, and watches a projected video that takes the form of a documentary about the strange life of Lindsay Seers – how she tried to turn herself into a camera by making exposures...

Editioned prints published by Matt's Gallery

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Materials: DVD installation with 2 projections and 5.1 surround sound, MDF screens built angled to the walls.

Sold (Arts Council UK)

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

The Truth Was Always There is Seers' most technically ambitious film to date. It...

The Lost Room | 2003

Lost Room is a series of photographs made for an exhibition in the Museo Del Barro in Ascunción, Paraguay.

Edition of 3 - One of which is in the collection of Museo Del Barro in Ascunción, Paraguay.

Whilst in Paraguay for two months the artist documented the room in which she was staying, recording details which she believed would certainly be erased by time from her memory – quotidian things such as how a table leg met the floor, the profile of a skirting board etc. Somehow there is a sense that we have this...

Black Bag is a series of works based on the theory of optograms (this is the name given to images that were believed to be etched onto the retina. This idea came from experiments published by scientists Franz Boll and Willy Kühne in 1876/77 which seemed to prove a photograph could be taken by the eye).

"...the retina functioned like the photographic plate of a camera, therefore the final image viewed before death should remain fixed forever like a photo within the dead person’s eyes. It also came to be believed (as a logical extension of this...

Human Camera | 1997

Act of photographing with the mouth, 1997-2005.

This collection of works concentrates on the act of photographing and the photographer (the event) rather than the object of the photograph itself. The works span a number of different themes but principally they reference the mouth camera as a sterile kiss - whereby the kiss becomes a mechanism of capture in which the sensuality and affection associated with an actual kiss is reduced to a ritual whose sole intentions is to take possession (control of a moment - a kiss of death; an image). So the act of photographing itself...

Medium: Cross-processed slide film printed as cibachromes mounted on aluminium.

Some Editions Sold or in Laure Genillard collection

If we loosen an idea of a binary relationship between positive and negative as simply being opposites and consider the two states to be a difference in kind rather than degree, then in the negative photograph (the image that is actually imprinted on the historic film in the camera) we are presented with another world not a simple opposite. Often more ghostly and spectral than its non identical...

The title Optogram* is a generic name given to a series of mouth photograph works by the artist which use the original piece of photographic paper that was put into her mouth to capture an image. These human camera images are often exhibited alongside a documentary photograph (shot with a mechanical camera). These accompanying documentary images are taken at the same time at which the mouth photograph was being taken. The mouth photographs are coloured red because they are fogged by light filtering through the blood in the...

Excerpt from Richard Grayson's text for SMART Papers:  Lindsay Seers: Swallowing Black Maria 2007

Technologies are uncanny. Arthur C. Clarke famously proposed in his `Three Laws of Prediction´ (Profiles of the Future, 1961), that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and with photography the magical loading has been felt from the first. Not only was the photographic process used from its early days to document séances and psychical manifestations (and so to prove them 'real' as the medium quickly...

Becoming a camera has its consequences. Days spent trying to cannibalise herself in a hand mirror revealed that no matter how hard she tried to hold the photographic paper still in her teeth it buckled and distorted, and so at every attempt she turns into a monster. By taking a picture of herself in this speculum she literally ingests her image, printing her outside on her inside, but this inversion reveals something grotesque – the unseen inner demon perhaps?

Another example of the act of photographing affecting her physiologically stems from the fact that the colour...