Lindsay Seers: Every Thought There Ever Was

10:00am-5:00pm, 7 September–13 October 2019

Every Thought There Ever Was
An exhibition by Lindsay Seers

Courthouse 88 Arbroath High Street
Preview: Friday 6 September, 6-8pm
Opening times: Thurs – Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Drawing on philosophical ideas and scientific research, this ambitious project by UK based artist Lindsay Seers considers historical representations of schizophrenia and contemporary insights into the condition achieved through the use of virtual reality.

Through digital animation, special effects, drawing and sound design, ‘Every Thought There Ever Was’ explores the extraordinary brain functioning that occurs in the condition of schizophrenia. Two screens, supported by robot arms, move with the images, bringing agency to them as an active element in the work.

The work draws on an experimental treatment known as Avatar Therapy, in which those living with schizophrenia can speak to their persecutors in a digital world. Guided by first-person accounts and a collaborative drawing exchange, Seers’ work has been shaped by conversations with scientific partners including Anil Seth Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Chris Frith, Emeritus and Professor of Neuropsychology, UCL to explore the current studies and thinking on the condition.

Pursuing her ongoing fascination with how an individual’s biography embodies history, Seers takes Victorian surgeon James Miranda Barry as her narrator. Barry was the Inspector General of military hospitals, making significant reforms to institutions then known as asylums, and the treatment of so called ‘lunatics’. Barry travels in time to become an Avatar with the ability to cure.

Every Thought There Ever Was is supported by Wellcome and is co-commissioned by the MAC, Belfast; Matt’s Gallery, London; Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea; Hospitalfield, Arbroath; and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

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