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  • Lindsay Seers, Entangled², installation view at Turner Contemporary
    Photo David Grandorge 
  • Lindsay Seers, Entangled², film still
    Courtesy of the artist and Matt's Gallery 
  • Lindsay Seers, Entangled², installation view at Turner Contemporary
    Photo David Grandorge
  • Lindsay Seers, Entangled², installation view at Turner Contemporary
    Photo David Grandorge
Sat 7 Jul - Sun 5 Aug 2012

In a secret space at Turner Contemporary, Lindsay Seers’ new film installation Entangled² delves into a seaside past where the boundaries between people blur.

A pair of female actresses dressed as men are filmed singing on the stages of Margate’s two great entertainment venues, the Theatre Royal and the Winter Gardens. Screenings every half hour Meet at Information Desk to be guided to the secret location

Commissioned and curated by Jacqui Davies, University for the Creative Arts (School of Fine Arts) and Turner Contemporary

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Lindsay Seers’ work operates in a world where everything is connected, and not just by chance. In her new film installation for Turner Contemporary she returns, as she often does, to her family history. Seers explores her fascination with her great-great uncle’s condition Heterochromia, where different coloured eyes result from one twin subsuming the other in the womb.

Her uncle’s biography has inspired previous works such as Monocular, 2011, and an on-going project in Zanzibar, where he was stationed as a seaman. Coincidentally, Seers’ uncle grew up in the same time and village as the entertainer Vesta Tilley. Tilley adopted male personas throughout her career in the British music hall during the early 20th century, dressing as a dandy or a sailor and singing to the ladies. The characters of Tilley and Hetty King, another important historical male impersonator, sent Seers off on a journey involving a chance meeting with one of the singers who appears in Entangled². The singer left a career in opera to perform as Tilley and King, an experience he narrates in the film.

Seers’ research about Margate drew her to the Theatre Royal and Winter Gardens, two great entertainment venues bound up in the town's cultural identity and history; she discovered that Tilley and King had appeared in both theatres. Seers develops these stories into a highly personal narrative, drawing on her interest in philosophy, science, and cinematic and photographic technologies.

She films the opera singer and her ‘double’ on stage in the theatres’ magnificent surrounds, bringing the acts of Tilley and King back to town. Images appear projected onto two floating spheres, where mesmerising visions of doubled identities and subtle difference, witty coincidences and surprising animations, combine with a haunting soundtrack.

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