Lisson Gallery

Susan Hiller

With a multimedia practice extending over 40 years, Susan Hiller was one of the most influential artists of her generation. Since first making innovative use of audio and visual technology in the early 1980s, her groundbreaking installations, multi-screen videos and audio works have achieved international recognition. Each of Hiller’s works is based on specific cultural artefacts from our society, which are used as basic materials. Many pieces explore the liminality of certain phenomena including the practice of automatic writing (Sisters of Menon, 1972/79), near death experiences (Channels, 2013) and collective experiences of unconscious, subconscious and paranormal activity (Belshazzar’s Feast, 1983-4; Psi Girls, 1999; Witness, 2000). Hiller’s powerful and resonant films range from the J Street Project (2002-05), a chillingly extensive search for every street sign in Germany bearing the word Juden (Jew), to The Last Silent Movie (2007), which also documents disappearance and absence, although this time through speech recordings of dying or extinct languages. Her psychologically charged and thematically varied practice amounts to an impassioned plea for the joys and mysteries associated with irrationality.

Susan Hiller (1940-2019) was born in Tallahasse, Florida, and was based mainly in London since the early 1960s. After studying film and photography at The Cooper Union and archaeology and linguistics at Hunter College in New York, Hiller went on to a National Science Foundation fellowship in anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her career has been recognised by survey exhibitions at The Polygon, Vancouver, Canada (2018); Officine Grande Riparazioni, Turin, Italy (2018); Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, USA (2017); Samstag Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Toulouse, France (2014); Tate Britain, London, UK (2011); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2007); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2006); Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2004); ICA, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1998); and ICA, London, UK (1986). Hiller's work features in numerous international private and public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA; Tate Gallery, London, UK and the Centro de Arte Contemporanea Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil. 

Susan Hiller
After Duchamp, 2016-2017
50 colour archival dry prints 30.5 x 30.5 cm (each) / 12 x 12 in (each)

Susan Hiller
First Aid: Homage to Joseph Beuys, 1969-2016
13 vintage wooden first aid boxes, felt-lined, with 86 vintage bottles containing water from holy wells, sacred streams, etc., collected by the artist from around the world; some boxes contain vintage medical supplies. Wall-mounted 156 x 188 cm / 61 3/8 x 74 in

Susan Hiller
First Aid: Homage to Joseph Beuys, 1969-2016
13 vintage wooden first aid boxes, felt-lined, with 86 vintage bottles containing water from holy wells, sacred streams, etc., collected by the artist from around the world; some boxes contain vintage medical supplies. Wall-mounted 156 x 188 cm / 61 3/8 x 74 in

Susan Hiller
Lost and Found, 2016
Single channel projection, with sound 30 minutes.

Susan Hiller
Homage to Joseph Beuys: Sa Testa, 1969-2016
Edwardian mahogany cabinet with lock and key, glass-fronted, containing 30 bottles of water collected from sacred springs, holy wells, etc. 16 x 22.9 x 27.9 cm / 6 1/4 x 9 x 11 in.

Susan Hiller
Rough Moonlit Nights, 2015
Archival dry prints 51 x 76 cm each / 20 1/8 x 30 in.

Susan Hiller
Resounding (Ultraviolet), 2014
Single channel video 16:9 projection with stereo sound (French) 30 minutes

Susan Hiller
Channels, 2013
Multi-channel video installation, 106 television sets, 9 media players, 7 dvd players, signal splitters. Commissioned by Matt’s Gallery, London

Susan Hiller
Channels, 2013
Multi-channel video installation, 106 television sets, 9 media players, 7 dvd players, signal splitters. Commissioned by Matt’s Gallery, London

Susan Hiller
Measure by Measure II, 1993 - 2012
Ashes of paintings burned annually, glass measuring tubes, glass containers, lead date tags, cotton steel 71 x 258 x 24 cm / 27 15/16 x 101 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.

Susan Hiller
Measure by Measure II, 1993 - 2012
Ashes of paintings burned annually, glass measuring tubes, glass containers, lead date tags, cotton steel 71 x 258 x 24 cm / 27 15/16 x 101 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.

Susan Hiller
Homage to Marcel Duchamp: Auras Triptych, 2011
Digital c-type archival colour print on dibond Each: 123 x 85 cm / 48 3/8 x 33 1/2 in

Susan Hiller
Psi Girls, 1999
5 channel video projection with sound,synchronised, 15 minutes, each projected image approx. 266 x 355 cm / 104 3/4 x 139 3/4 in.

Susan Hiller
Psi Girls, 1999
5 channel video projection with sound,synchronised, 15 minutes, each projected image approx. 266 x 355 cm / 104 3/4 x 139 3/4 in.

Susan Hiller
Alphabet (Girls), 1985
Ripolin on wallpaper, mounted on canvas 258 x 150 cm / 101 5/8 x 59 in

Susan Hiller
10 Months, 1977-1979
10 black and white composite photographs, 10 texts, arranged sequentially 203 x 518 cm (overall)/ 79 7/8 x 203 7/8 in (overall)

Susan Hiller
10 Months, 1977-1979
10 black and white composite photographs, 10 texts, arranged sequentially 203 x 518 cm (overall)/ 79 7/8 x 203 7/8 in (overall)

Susan Hiller
Magic Lantern, 1987
3 channel 35mm slide projection with sound, synchronised, 12 min

Susan Hiller
So Don't Let it Frighten, 1975 - 1981
Pencil on paper under blue perspex (1975); typescript and water colour on blue paper (1981) 64 x 91 cm / 25 3/16 x 35 13/16 in.

Exhibitions

  1. Susan Hiller: Paraconceptual

    28 April – 10 June 2017

  2. Susan Hiller

    13 November 2015 – 9 January 2016

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