Susan Hiller, "Lost and Found", video, 30 min.
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Susan Hiller, composite image of "Lost and Found", 2016. Video sound. Running time 30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery.
For one night only we host a special screening of Susan Hiller’s Lost and Found, a collage of voices speaking in 23 different languages, including Aramaic, Comanche, Livonian and other extinct or endangered idioms. Many of the anecdotes, songs, arguments, memories, and conversations that the voices relay revolve around the theme of language itself. Translations of these utterances appear in the form of subtitles, which provide an entry point into the narrators’ diverse cultural circumstances. A constantly shifting oscilloscopic line gives visual form to the work’s soundtrack, suggesting the poignant idea that individuals separated by time, geography, and worldview remain linked by the physical experience of sound as it resonates through the human body during verbal communication. This work premiered at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, and was included in this summer’s documenta 14 exhibition in Kassel, Germany
London-based artist Susan Hiller studied anthropology before abandoning it in favor of an art practice that allowed her to “relinquish factuality for fantasy” in its consideration of everyday experience and shared cultural artifacts. In her 40-year career, Hiller has made innovative use of audio and visual technology in groundbreaking installations, multi-screen videos and audio works, making her a pioneer and influence on a younger generation of artists. Her work is widely shown internationally, and has been collected by major museums. Important retrospectives of Hiller's work have been organized by the Institute for Contemporary Art, London and Tate Britain, London.
This event is free and open to the public. Video will repeat on the half-hour.
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