It has to be this way
Staging Queen Christina will be a sculptural installation encompassing video and photographs, which uses several characters to stage the differences between enlightenment thought and modern thought on art, philosophy and science. The structure of the installation comes from the history of Fludd’s ‘theatre of memory’ – a system of using and understanding memory from Roman times to the Renaissance. Staging Queen Christina combines the research of scientists and historians and draws on biomedical research into notions of representation and memory. It looks at the brain’s relationship to memory and investigates photographical methods and the power photography has to change thought, memory and time.
The film sequences are shot in Rome, Sweden, London and Amsterdam. They feature three female protagonists, who exist in different times but have the ability to affect one another. These are: Queen Christina of Sweden; an Actress playing Queen Christina, who is under the delusion that she is Christina; and the artist (Seers), suffering memory loss after a road accident. The film is not a historical drama about these characters – instead it draws on themes of memory, alchemy (in relation to early scientific thought) and projection (both psychological and filmic). The characters are intended to be representative of different epochs, each embodying different aspects of cultural history. In relation to this idea of enactment, the installation space in which the film is to be viewed becomes akin to a theatre or auditorium.
Seers works and lives in London. She studied BA Hons Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her recent solo exhibitions include Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, 2007; The Collection, Lincoln, 2006; City Gallery, Leicester, 2006; Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, 2006; Gasworks, London, 2005; Market Gallery, Glasgow 2005; Gallery of Photography, Dublin, 2005. Recent group shows have been at The Auditorium, Rome; White Box, New York; Gimpel Fils, London; UBS Openings 9, Tate Modern. Seers has made many performances for galleries such as Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Fact, Liverpool; Corner House, Manchester; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Tou Scene, Stavanger; HKS, Bergen; Project Theatre, Dublin. She lectures in Fine Art (MA) at Goldsmiths. Her book Human Camera (2007) is published by Article Press and distributed by Central Books. She has received the Rome Wingate Scholarship from The British School at Rome 2007/8.