Susan Hiller: Room Guide

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Born in the USA in 1940, Susan Hiller has lived and worked in Britain since the early 1970s, when she became known for an innovative artistic practice excavating the overlooked or ignored aspects of our culture. Hiller has adopted and combined media in ways radical for their time and she is acknowledged as an important influence on younger generations of artists.

Hiller juxtaposes knowledge derived from anthropology, psychoanalysis and other scientific disciplines with materials generally considered unimportant, like postcards, wallpaper, popular movies and internet postings, balancing the familiar and the unexplained and inviting the viewer to participate in the creation of meaning. She collects and uses images, objects and sounds to create new contexts, incorporating traces of memory, personal associations and allusions to her earlier work. Her practice often incorporates subconscious processes, including dreaming, reverie, automatic writing and improvised vocalisations. Privileging the repressed, forgotten or unknown, Hiller confers status on what lies beyond rationality or recognition.

The present exhibition of Hiller’s work is the largest yet. The works survey the development of the interrelated themes she has explored over four decades. The subjective and collective possibilities of memory, language and imagination are examined in assemblages of material ranging from bookworks to multimedia installations.

Susan Hiller Dedicated to the Unknown Artists

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Dedicated to the Unknown Artists

Susan Hiller Recycled Works

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Recycled Works

Susan Hiller Dream Mapping

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Dream Mapping

Susan Hiller Automatic Writing

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Automatic Writing

Susan Hiller 10 Months

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: 10 Months

Susan Hiller Monument

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Monument

Susan Hiller Magic Lantern

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Magic Lantern

Susan Hiller Belshazzar's Feast, the Writing on Your Wall

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Belshazzar's Feast, the Writing on Your Wall

Susan Hiller From the Freud Museum

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: From the Freud Museum

Susan Hiller An Entertainment

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: An Entertainment

Susan Hiller Homage works

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Homage works

Susan Hiller Psi Girls

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Psi Girls

Susan Hiller The Last Silent Movie

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: The Last Silent Movie

Susan Hiller Witness

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Witness

Susan Hiller Enquiries/Inquiries

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: Enquiries/Inquiries

Susan Hiller The J. Street Project

Susan Hiller exhibition room guide: The J. Street Project