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 was been developed in collaboration with Fotogalleriet, Oslo and artist Lindsay Seers (UK) and took 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 shared particular interest in and knowledge of neuroscience and issues of perception

While in Oslo, Seers worked 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 developed this work through cross-disciplinary dialogue with local scientists, researchers and others. She spent time meeting with individuals whose life-stories had been affected by their heterochromia. The residency’s outcome will be presented in collaboration with Fotogalleriet in 2019.

The residency formed a close-knit community for discussion, learning, exchange and making, with a series of public events and group activity exploring each participants practice and ideas arising from the key themes. Scroll down for more information. 

 

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.



The Residents //

Lindsay Seers worked together with the PRAKSIS team to select seven talented individuals with backgrounds in art, music and neuroscience to join the residency community. These include: Gunnlaug Bina Kuløy (NO), Anne Haaning (DK), Milenasong (DE/NO), Jeremy Olson (US), Nina Torp (NO), Rachel Wolfe (US), Monika Żak (PL). More information about each resident can be found in our resident registry.



WHAT's been going on //


Meet the residents
 

Short introductions to each resident's practice were followed by open conversation about their backgrounds and work, providing an important understanding of each participants perspective. 


Nina Rodin //  Philosophical Considerations on Art and Science
 

Nina Rodin is a contemporary artist who received her Phd in Neuroscience from Oxford University and worked in neuroscientific research before changing course to gain an MA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, London. Rodin took attendees on a journey from the glorious complexities of the human brain as understood by neurophysiology today, through to notions of individuality, originality and sincerity in art.
 

Visit to SEAS anechoic chamber in Moss
 

In the pursuit of questions surrounding sensory depravation and the effect of sound on the brain, the group visited the anechoic chamber at SEAS's research and development facility in Moss, Norway where they produce some of the best speaker drivers in the world. The group also had the goosebump inducing privilege of hearing the clarity and depth of some of their incredible speakers in action.
 

The Ganzfeld Experiment
 

The "Ganzfeld Experiment" was originally developed in relation to the investigation of ESP, creating a sensory deprived condition in which it was thought information could be transfered between minds. Though telepathy was not confirmed, participants in the experiments reported hallucinating as a result of prolonged periods of sensory depravation. Coming from a background in neuroscience, Monika Zak suggested and orchestrated the experience with the group.  
 

Visit to Emanuel Vigeland Museum
 

To further experience and discussion around visual and auditory sensory perception, PRAKSIS arranged a special private session for the group to spend time at the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum. The space has a sound reverberation of up to 18 seconds and is complete darkness save for a few low lit floodlights, so on entry the viewer is disorientated until slowly their eyes adjust to the low light, and a dramatic 800 sq.m. fresco "Vita" merges depicting human life from conception till death.
 

LINDSAY SEERS // DON’T COLLABORATE, CORROBORATE! — PERFORMATIVE TALK
 

This performative talk by Lindsay Seers offered the audience the opportunity to affect the direction of the talk as she elaborated on issues at the fore of her current investigations, offering a special insight into her practice and thinking. 


NRK's Anechoic Chamber

In the depths of the basement of Norway's national broadcasting service, NRK's radio building there is an anechoic chamber and the team at Notam assisted the group in gaining special access for their second anechoic experience. 

 

VIDEOS AND WRITING
 


Lindsay Seers made fantastic 23 second sketches for each participant in the programme, the rest of which can be seen here. Her thoughts about the nature of artistic collaboration can be read here

Rachel Wolfe wrote an enthusiastic account of her time during the residency which you can see here.


DURING THE MONTH
 

Enjoy scrolling through this selection of images from behind the scenes of the residency. 


 

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