Susan Hiller, Dream Mapping, 1974
Susan Hiller is one of the most intriguing and influential artists working in Europe today. Her work includes video- and sound pieces, installations with showcases containing diverse artifacts, drawings, automatic writing and photographs. In her work, Hiller consequently follows the subjects on which she has been working since years: collecting, and transforming of objects and exploring of super-natural phenomena. Although the artist refers to the language and forms of presentation of conceptual art, she deals mainly with unusual abilities and processes, such as ESP, telekinesis or precognition, that escape any attempt at rationalization.
The Kunsthalle Basel shows the first major institutional exhibition of Susan Hiller in continental Europe. The show, which is curated by James Lingwood, is not a retrospective, but a representative and coherent selection from Susan Hiller’s oeuvre of the last thirty years.
In the Oberlichtsaal we present Witness, 2000, a multilingual collection of stories told by anonymous individuals who went through ‘close encounters’ and had visions, and who perhaps saw more than we normally see. In the ground floor we show Clinic, 2004, which deals with near-death experiences. The third big installation is PSI Girls, 1999, is a monumental five-channel video piece in which the excerpts from different Hollywood movies show girls with super-natural abilities. Hiller’s most recent work, The J-Street Project, 2003-2005 is signaled by three photographic series.