Susan Hiller will debut Lost and Found, a newly commissioned video artwork, at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Florida on 13 October. Widely recognised as an influential pioneer of video and multimedia installation, Hiller combines the archival tendencies of conceptual art with an emphasis on psychologically charged subjects, from war memorials to paranormal phenomena.
Lost and Found is an immersive video installation that features an audio collage of voices speaking in 23 different languages, including Aramaic, Comanche, Livonian and other extinct or endangered idioms. Many of the anecdotes, songs, arguments, memories, and conversations that the voices relay revolve around the theme of language itself. Translations of these utterances appear in the form of subtitles, which provide an entry point into the narrators’ diverse cultural circumstances. A constantly shifting oscilloscopic line gives visual form to the work’s soundtrack, suggesting the poignant idea that individuals separated by time, geography, and worldview remain linked by the physical experience of sound as it resonates through the human body during verbal communication.
The exhibition will run from 13 October 2016 until 4 June 2017. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org/exhibitions/susan-hiller-lost-and-found