MARCH - APRIL 2017 // A GLOBAL STATE OF PAREIDOLIA

LED BY LINDSAY SEERS
 


Lindsay Seers, Nowhere Less Now, Installed at Hayward Gallery, London, 2014

 

A GLOBAL STATE OF PAREIDOLIA has been developed in collaboration with Fotogalleriet, Oslo and artist Lindsay Seers (UK) and takes place between 24 March and 24 April 2017.

The title, A Global State of Pareidolia, references the phenomenon of seeing legible objects within random visual data, and has connections with the field of neuroscience. The residency group will consist of individuals with a professional, academic or creative interest in and knowledge of neuroscience, and/or in filmmaking, vocal/sound art, and biographical narrative. 

While in Oslo, Seers will work on her episodic project Nowhere Less Now. This work focuses on unusual individual life-stories, and in particular on the ways that biographical narratives may coalesce, burgeon, and bifurcate at particular moments in time. Nowhere Less Now has been in development over several years, a version is currently on show in Glynn Vivian Gallery, UK until 1 March 2017 . There are four versions realised to date; the fifth will be presented in October 2017 at the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE). The forthcoming version, like the previous three, takes its narrative content from biographies of people with heterochromia – the condition of having differently coloured eyes. Heterochromia is an example of chimerism: the difference in eye-colour reveals the DNA trace of a subsumed fraternal twin. While in Oslo Seers plans to develop this work through a cross-disciplinary dialogue with local scientists, researchers and others and is particularly interested to meet and talk with individuals whose life-stories have involved significant transitions from one cultural background to another. The residency’s outcome is will be presented in collaboration with Fotogalleriet in 2018.

The residency will form a close-knit community for discussion, learning, exchange and making. Seers will lead a series of public events exploring key themes in her practice, and the residency group will have plenty of scope to discuss and develop their own practices’ key issues, questions and ideas. The residency’s activities, approaches and day-to-day schedule will be developed collaboratively by the group from 24 March 2017 onward.

 

About Lindsay Seers
 


Lindsay Seers works in London and lives on the Isle of Sheppey. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she now works as a lecturer on MA Fine Art. Her works are in a number of collections including Tate collection, Arts Council collection, Artangel collection and the collection of MONA, Tasmania. She has won several prestigious grants and awards such as the Sharjah Art Foundation Production Award, UAE; Le Jeu de Paume production award for the Toulouse Festival, France; the Paul Hamlyn Award; the Derek Jarman Award; AHRC Award; a number of Arts Council and British Council Awards in support of her works and she also received the Wingate Scholarship from The British School at Rome 2007/8. She has shown her large scale works internationally at a number of museums and art centres including SMK (National Gallery of Denmark); Venice Biennale 2015; Hayward Gallery, UK; MONA, Tasmania; Bonniers Konsthall, Sweden; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Kiasma, Finland; Turner Contemporary, UK; Tate Triennial, UK, TPW, Canada, Sami Centre for Art; Norway; Centre for Contemporary Art 'Poland and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Recent new commissions include Suffering, Unconformity Festival 2016, Queenstown, Australia; Nowhere Less Now, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Wales 2016; Nowhere Less Now 5, Turner Contemporary UK, 2016.
 

About Fotogalleriet
 

Fotogalleriet is a non-profit institution established in 1977 and turned into a foundation in 1979. Fotogalleriet promotes and supports contemporary camera-based art by means of exhibitions, seminars, lectures, publications and other presentation formats. It works with both Norwegian and international artists to reflect some of the most important tendencies of photography in contemporary art today. Fotogalleriet holds an important position in the Norwegian art scene as the only non-commercial institution that fosters contemporary visual art with a particular focus on photography. For further information please visit: www.fotogalleriet.no.
 

RESIDENTS //

PRAKSIS will assemble a multidisciplinary residency community of creative people working on individual projects, who also wish to participate actively in discussion and creative exchange. The selection emphasis is towards (a) vocal performers, sound artists and film-makers/technicians with an interest in participation in improvisatory work towards Nowhere Less Now and (b) other makers or researchers with a specific interest in the work’s themes and ideas.


PROJECT PARTICIPANTS //

During the residency Seers hopes to meet and talk to people who have heterochromia, with a view to negotiating the inclusion of elements of their biographies in her work. (NB all interview information will be treated sensitively and in absolute confidence, and any representation of that material within Seers’s work will be subject to individuals’ full and informed prior consent).

Seers also hopes to meet individuals with (a) knowledge of neuroscientific research into grid cells and the neurological interrelation of place, location and memory and (b) a willingness to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions around artistic and scientific research and making.

Please contact Nicholas at PRAKSIS via office@praksisoslo.org if you fit either of these descriptions and would be interested in corresponding or meeting with Lindsay — please note this is to potentially collaborate with Lindsay, not to participate in the residency. To apply for the residency please see application deadlines below. 

WHAT PRAKSIS PROVIDES //

This residency offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will come together regularly at the residency studio space, and at organised events and meals.
 

Examples of previous accommodation provided to residents - a similar standard will be upheld

Weekly meals will bring the residency community together for discussion, debate and friendship - and to meet invited guests. On week days PRAKSIS will provide lunch. Food to make meals will be provided for non-Oslo based residents.
 

Inspiring evenings spent in good company

Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous arts landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s art scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo. PRAKSIS residencies aims to introduce the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres including: curators, writers, artists, and musicians.

Activities and events will be mainly held at Fotogalleriet’s space in central Oslo. At the start of the residency, participants will be invited to make a presentation, informally introducing themselves and their practice to the rest of the group. Other activities include a tour of Oslo's galleries, networking events, discussions and group critiques – some open to the public. A screening/seminar event will address issues surrounding the residency theme.

While the residency is free and offers accommodation and meals, PRAKSIS regrets that at this stage we cannot yet offer transport costs or a fee. However our team is happy to advise on and support applications for external grants wherever possible.


OPEN CALL TIMELINE //

Open Call//   11 January to 10 February 2016
Interviews with shortlisted applicants via Skype//   14-16 February 2016
Announcement of selection//   by 19 February 2016-01-02
Residency//   24 March to 24 April 2016
Closing date for applications//   10 February 2016


 

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