Susan Hiller

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Susan Hiller (born March 7, 1940 in Tallahassee , Florida - † January 28, 2019 in London ) was an American artist who lived in London. Her work encompasses a spectrum of different artistic forms of representation, in addition to painting, for example, photography , installations and object art .


Susan Hiller spent the first few years of her life in and around Cleveland and moved her family back to Florida in 1952, where she graduated from high school in 1957 . She studied at Smith College in Northampton , Massachusetts , and after completing her bachelor's degree, she studied film and photography at Cooper Union for one year, and archeology and linguistics at Hunter College in New York . With a grant from the National Science Foundation , she then went to Tulane University , New Orleans . There she was in 1965 in anthropology for Ph.D. PhD .

Field research took her to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but her dissatisfaction with the objectifying methodology of anthropological research caused her to turn away from science. According to her own statements, she decided to become an artist herself in a lecture on African art.

She lived and worked mainly in London since the early 1960s. After completing a number of solo and group exhibitions with her paintings, she turned to innovative experiments with audiovisual techniques in the early 1980s. Her groundbreaking multiscreen video installations attracted widespread attention and influenced many young British artists. In her works, Susan Hiller starts from individual objects of the current culture and often tests the liminality of certain phenomena. She also experimented with phenomena such as the spiritistic technique of automatic writing, with near-death experiences and jointly experienced subconscious and unconscious as well as paranormal activities. Hiller died in January 2019 at the age of 78 after a brief illness.

Today her works can be found in a large number of private and public collections.

Exhibitions (selection)

Museum review

Fonts (selection)

  • The Dream and The Word , London Black Dog Publishing Limited, 2012, ISBN 978-1-907317-61-3
  • The J. Street project , Warwickshire Compton Verney, 2005
  • Freudian Objects , Leipzig Inst. For Book Art, 1998
  • with David Coxhead: Dreams: a picture documentation , Frankfurt am Main Umschau-Verlag, 1976

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e About. In: official homepage. Retrieved February 19, 2017 .
  2. In memoriam: Susan Hiller ,, January 29, 2019, accessed January 30, 2019
  3. Page of the museum on the exhibition ( Memento of the original from August 17, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed June 1, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /