seance is an experimental short film from luke kurtis, and an EP of electronic music from the film.
Building upon the artist’s the woods are watching and convergence projects, seance extends those earlier installations into the realm of performance. The work explores the artist’s roots in the rural south and features a cameo by his mother. “Directing my mother was something new and different. While my father appeared in woods and convergence,” the artist recalled, “my mother never showed up on screen.” This time around, she’s not only there but plays an important if brief role in the film.
“Of my interest in ancestors and genealogy, someone once told me it’s a form of mediumship,” says the artist. “And that really comes through in this work. I think of my ancestors all the time. I talk to my grandmothers and grandfathers, those who came generations before me. If that’s not a form of seance, I don’t know what is.”
Vigil is an eloquent and elegant story, told from the afterlife by a cast of dead teenagers who were victims of a school shooting. Bevins’s poems give voice to the souls who can no longer speak for themselves.