The Truth Was Always There

2006

Seers, Lindsay
Tales of magic, alchemy, secret societies and medieval philosophy dominate the narrative of Lindsay Seers' two-channel video projection, The Truth Was Always There. As Seers herself does not speak in her films, science writer Philip Ball, who first introduced Seers to the history of alchemy and natural magic, narrates leaving the viewer to piece the story together, separating fact from fiction and the normal and paranormal. The work traces Seers' connections between her family, and Lincolnshire's role in the history of alchemy. Combined with an ambiguous soundscape of rumbles and rustles, an atmosphere of uncertainty and dread is created, imparting a sense of mystery that contrasts with the rationality of the narrator.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 15 minutes 9seconds
  • Edition: Unique + 1 AP
  • Material description: two channel video projection with surround sound
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC65/2009

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