The Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to announce its forthcoming exhibition with the Internationally acclaimed artist Susan Hiller. The exhibition features large sound and video installations by the London-based artist Susan Hiller. Hiller is widely known for her innovative practice in a range of media and she has been a great influence on young British artists. This exhibition features some of her major works and constitutes the first large-scale presentation of her work in Denmark.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, situated in the old historical part of Roskilde, presents several of Hillers principal works. The works are exhibited at the museums main building, the annex (Husarstalden) and in Sct. Ib’s chapel, a medieval church build in the 11th Century.
WITNESS, 2000 Hiller creates a sea of voices by hanging hundreds of small loudspeakers from the ceiling of Sct. Ib’s chapel. Based on first-hand reports found on the Internet, we hear people from all over the world relate their experiences of paranormal phenomenon. The sound is essential for this work, as each loudspeaker transmits a different story in the original language. Together they form a humming, sound installation. As her starting point, Susan Hiller has chosen the faceless information that flows to us through the Internet. Showing Witness in a chapel brings into focus the relation between the paranormal and the religious.
PSI-GIRLS, 1999 This work is shown in the museum’s main building. It investigates the relation between “magic” and “art”. Five large screens show film cuts of young women with telepathic or paranormal/supernatural skills. The work is a look into the common understanding of fantasy, dream and of our desires for what is possible. An overall structure is given to the visual side of the work by rhythmical clapping and drumbeats.
WILD TALENTS, 1997 The video installation is shown in the annex (Husarstalden). The work is a composition of fragments of American and European film through the past 30 years and focuses on the stylistic changes in the description of children with special powers. The two large screens show powerful scenes, which are accentuated by the dramatic sound tracks.
DREAM SCREENS, 1996 The main building also presents a interactive work about the world of dreams - Dream Screens. This work will also be included on a Cd-rom, together with documentation about the artist. The Cd-rom will be included in the catalogue.
A catalogue will be published for the exhibition. The three exhibition sites will be connected by an art-walk. Furthermore the museum is arranging a series of lectures in collaboration with Folkeuniversitetet in Roskilde, a seminar on Sound Art and a project especially aimed at High School pupils.
The exhibition is supported by The Kulturbro Foundation and is part of Kulturbro 2002 – a biennial of Art and Culture in the Øresund Region.
The exhibition is also supported by Oticon Fonden and the Danish Contemporary Art Foundation.
The museum is collaborating with Sct. Jørgensbjerg chapel in Roskilde, Gagosian Gallery, Art Angel, The Arts Council, The British Council in London and Dia Center for the Arts in New York.