Susan Hiller, "PSI Girls", 1999 (detail), five-screen video installation with sound, © Susan Hiller; courtesy Lisson Gallery

Susan Hiller: Altered States



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One of the most influential artists of her generation, Susan Hiller has been an innovator for close to five decades. Comprising landmark video installations and photographs, "Altered States" focuses on Hiller’s investigations into dream states, the inexplicable, and our collective unconscious.

Involving extensive research, Hiller assembles audio and visual artefacts from diverse cultural source material to map popular beliefs. The exhibition includes" PSI Girls", movie footage of adolescent girls performing telekinetic feats; "Resounding (Infrared)", hypnotic visual and audio recordings of mysterious phenomena; and automatic writing, The works in "Altered States" reflect on how technology and language mediate our perceptions of the world.

Susan Hiller (b. 1940, Tallahassee, Florida) studied film, photography, archaeology and linguistics and then turned to art. Since moving to London, England from the U.S. in the 1960s, she has produced an extensive body of work. She is widely published, and edited the influential 1991 book "The Myth of Primitivism: Perspectives on Art".

Hiller has had solo exhibitions in major international museums. Important solo exhibitions include the ICA, London (1986), Tate Liverpool (1996) and Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2007); Baltic, Gateshead; Museu Serralves, Porto (2004), Kunsthalle Basel (2005), Tate Britain, London (2011); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, (2011), and OGR, Turin (2018). She participated in "documenta 13" (2012) and "documenta 14" (2017). Hiller is represented by Lisson Gallery.