Apr 8th 2013

Renowned artist Susan Hiller will discuss her work with Open Practice Committee Coordinator Zachary Cahill and MFA Student Katherine Harvath and will screen her short film The Last Silent Movie

Emerging in the early 1970s, after initially studying as an anthropologist, Hiller is now one of the most influential artists of her generation. Hiller’s output has taken many different forms, and frequently derives from a process of collecting, cataloguing, restaging, and transforming cultural artefacts and experiences as a means of exploring the subconscious and unconscious mind.

Hiller’s practice has infused conceptual and minimalist strategies and aesthetics with the influence of feminism, popular culture and psychoanalysis, creating works in a diverse range of media: notably sculpture, performance, video, photography, drawing and installation.

“To enquire, and to transform” these are the leitmotifs that run throughout Hiller’s oeuvre over a 30 year period, according to curator James Lingwood, who continues, “In a remarkably consistent way, Hiller has sustained an open-ended enquiry into the elusive nature of our selves, the forces at work in the making and re-making of subjectivity and its potential for transformation.”

Hiller has exhibited extensively including solo shows: From Here to Eternity, Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2012); Tate Britain, London (2011); Magic Lantern, Index, Stockholm and Susan Hiller: Recall – A Selection of Works 1969 — 2004, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; travelling to Museu Serralves, Porto (all 2004) and Kunsthalle Basel (2005). Hiller has been included in many group exhibitions and projects, including: Gedanken sind frei, at dOCUMENTA [13], Kassel (2012); September 11, MOMA/PS1, New York (2011) and the Moscow Biennale (2011).

Susan Hiller is represented in numerous international public collections including the Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Deutsche Bundestag Art Collection, Berlin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the UBS Collection Zurich.

Susan Hiller lives and works in London.

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