2009 Jarman Award winner Lindsay Seersuses a dark combination of performance, film and installation to interweave history, literature and philosophy to create works that reveal strange truths. For her 3 Minute Wonders commission for Channel 4, Seers illustrates extremes of a lifelong obsession with theatre, performance and photographic media.
Watch all four films as part of the BFI Player's Film London Jarman Award showcase:
- Part One: Serios/Seers
Writer M. Anthony Penwill, an occult photography expert, recounts the tale of his meeting with Ted Serios, the psychic photographer much studied by paranormal investigators. He recollects how this led him to encounter the artist Lindsay Seers, in whose attempts to become a human camera he saw a parallel obsession.
- Part Two: The Necromancers
Theatre director Steve Pearl talks about his chance meetings with Seers' auntie Barbara, a female ventriloquist, and her Uncle Patrick, a stage performer with alternative personas, and explains their influence on Seers' subsequent deployment of ventriloquism and theatrical performance in her work.
- Part Three: The Paramnesiac
The instability of memory comes to the fore when Seers' step-sister Christine, while filming in Rome, is involved in a moped accident, which severely damages her memory. Through a delusional encounter with found photographs Christine began to confuse her identify with that of the seventeenth century Queen Christina of Sweden, immortalised in Greta Garbo's 1933 film.
- Part Four: The Projectionist
In a rare interview, Seers herself talks about her journey towards becoming a performance artist. Born in Mauritius, as a child Seers did not speak until the age of 8. In an act clearly linked to this troubled relationship to language she later becomes a human camera by taking photographs with her mouth until she is finally inspired to become a living film projector.