New site-specific film commissions by internationally acclaimed artists Mark Wallinger and Lindsay Seers are on show at Turner Contemporary
from 7 July- 5 August 2012. The films respond to Margate and use footage filmed in locations around the town. Wallinger connects Margates unique geographical position to literary history, while Seers reflects saucy seaside entertainments through questions of sexual identity and doubling.
Realised in collaboration with Jacqui Davies and the University for the Creative Arts (School of Fine Art), the commissions see Turner Contemporary exhibiting the work in unusual spaces, as both are installed outside of the galleries designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Wallingers Sinema Amnesia sits adjacent to the sea wall behind the gallery, and Seerss Entangled² takes audience members into a secret location in the building.
Mark Wallingers Sinema Amnesia is a special viewing space overlooking the sea behind the gallery. It shows the film The Waste Land, an ever-changing, endless picture of unfolding time. A lens is fixed to the structure recording the view out to sea. The recorded image is played back inside the space 24 hours later, like a delayed camera obscura. The film is inspired by T.S Eliots famous poem The Waste Land, partially written on Margate Sands and exploring the disconnected time of modernity. Wallingers time machine calls memory and perception into question. Sinema Amnesia is a new version of a project first created in Çanakkale, Turkey in 2010.
Lindsay Seerss film installation Entangled² captures a pair of female actresses dressed as men on the stages of Margates two great entertainment venues, the Theatre Royal and the Winter Gardens. Both theatres historically hosted scores of famous performers, and Seers takes particular interest in two male impersonators from early 20th century music hall, Hettie King and Vesta Tilley. As in all of Seerss work, Entangled² weaves several narratives together: the actresses doubled identities connect to Seers's fascination with her great-great uncles condition Heterochromia, where different coloured eyes result from one twin subsuming the other in the womb. Entangled² sweeps visitors into a saucy seaside past where the boundaries between people blur.
Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary said: We are thrilled to be working with Mark and Lindsay on two exciting commissions. Prior to the opening of the gallery we had to be inventive in our use of spaces and these commissions follow in that vein.
Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice-Chancellor at UCA, said: We are extremely excited to have this unique opportunity to commission new works by two of Britains most compelling artists.
It is good to be working once more with Turner Contemporary, not just because it has quickly established itself as one of Britains important new galleries but also because it is a gallery with which UCA is proud to have had a close relationship during its development.
We commissioned these works so that our students and staff could benefit from the experience of working closely with Mark Wallinger and Lindsay Seers, we are thrilled by the works that have been produced and hope the people of Margate find them interesting and stimulating.