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February 12, 2019

Susan Hiller: Stories From The Other Side

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A cascade of voices belonging to people who have been declared physically dead, but lived to tell the story, comes together in a ghostlike installation of 104 screens.

Experience the intriguing art installation by the late American conceptual artist Susan Hiller (1940-2019).

"Channels," the installation artwork Hiller discusses, centers on death and near-death experiences.

The 104 television screens, which the artwork consists of, are programmed with visuals in shades of blue — echoing the "screen of death" in computer terms and the "stand-by screen" in TV-terms — and a myriad of voices belonging to people who have had near-death experiences.

The result is fascinating and somewhat uncanny.

Hiller is interested in investigating certain occurrences, such as near-death experiences, which have become subject to ridicule and even embarrassment: "The point is that the stories are there, and it's worth looking into them."

The incidents furthermore seem to contradict the common belief that the brain is a source of consciousness or reality.

In the early 1980s the London-based Hiller began to make innovative use of audio and visual technology.

Her groundbreaking installations, multi-screen videos, and audio works have achieved international recognition and are widely acknowledged as a major influence on younger British artists.

Hiller's works are based on specific cultural artefacts from our society, which she uses as basic materials.

With a practice extending over 40 years, she has been recognized by mid-career survey exhibitions at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (1986), Tate Liverpool (1996), and Tate Britain (2011).

For more about Hiller: susanhiller.org/

For this video, Hiller was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in connection with her exhibition "Channels" at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, February 2015.

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