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.
Part one (Serios/Seers) features an occult photography expert who recalls meeting psychic photographer Ted Serios and how this led him to the work of Lindsay Seers.
In part two (The Necromancers) a theatre director talks about the pervasive influence of Seers' aunty Barbara, a female ventriloquist, and her Uncle Patrick, a stage performer with alternative personas.
Part three (The Paramnesiac) recounts the total memory loss of Seers’ stepsister Christine after a moped accident which makes her confuse her identity with that of the seventeenth century Queen Christina of Sweden.
Part four (The Projectionist) witnesses Seers' journey unfold towards becoming a performance artist. She talks intimately of her inability to speak until the age of 8 and of her photographic memory.