The Necromancers, 2010, 03:00 mins
Courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London
Lindsay Seers uses a dark combination of performance, film and installation to interweave history, literature and philosophy in works founded on strange truths. For the Three Minute Wonders Series, Lindsay produced four films which chart her mute childhood in Mauritius, her desire to become a human camera, her foray into ventriloquism, her troubled relationship with her missing collaborator/sister Christine and finally her resolution to be a projector, told through the eyes of those who have known her personally.
Play Reel will screen the second of these four films, The Necromancers (2010). In this, theatre director Steve Pearl talks about the pervasive influence of Lindsay’s Aunty Barbara, a female ventriloquist, and her Uncle Patrick, a stage performer with alternative personas, and explains their influence on Lindsay’s subsequent deployment of ventriloquism and theatrical performance in her work. The Three Minute Wonder Series, was commissioned by and broadcasted on Channel 4 in 2010, as part of the Film London Jarman Award 2009.
Lindsay Seers lives and works in London. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Recently Lindsay won the Sharjah Art Foundation Production Award 2012 and the Paul Hamlyn Award 2010 which supports artists at a crucial period in their career.