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. Applications from individuals with a professional, academic or creative interest in and knowledge of neuroscience, and/or in filmmaking, vocal/sound art, and biographical narrative are particularly welcome. Seers also hopes to make contact with people with heterochromia who would be interested to participate. For more details see below, please see the Project Participants section below.
While in Oslo, Seers will work 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 plans to develop this work through a cross-disciplinary dialogue with local scientists, researchers and others and is particularly interested to meet and talk with individuals whose life-stories have involved significant transitions from one cultural background to another. The residency’s outcome is will be presented in collaboration with Fotogalleriet in 2018.
The residency will form a close-knit community for discussion, learning, exchange and making. Seers will lead a series of public events exploring key themes in her practice, and the residency group will have plenty of scope to discuss and develop their own practices’ key issues, questions and ideas. The residency’s activities, approaches and day-to-day schedule will be developed collaboratively by the group from 24 March 2017 onward.