Just to let you know that this blog page is for Nicola Hawkes for her assignment on Susan Hiller in regard to New Art Media
Presently Susan Hiller is working on an on-going piece of artwork entiltled “Homage to Marcel Duchamp” 2005-2007 ongoing. this is a vast photographic pice using some of the photograpghs in the artist’s archives, which are juxtaposed with video installations, books and other materials. This work is done with a view to expose some of the ghosts of Moderism.It is both critical and celebratory in design, but its main purpose is to scrutinise the occult legacies of modernist art, which continue to flourish in popular culture.The use of both video and photographic materials, together with its purpose is very tongue in cheek, considering we are evaluationg the use of such tools for the artist., and whether their use in such a fashion should in fact be be called art, even though it seems to get away with a multitude of sins by being labeled New Media Art.
Another work in a similar vein is titled “Homage to Yves Klein 2005-2007,ongoing, which again deals with the occult legacies of the modernist art which continue to flourish. Obviously the artist, in creating such huge and vast works using the same format, is eager to get across her message about occultism permeating modern art.Has the artist selected a modern New Media Art to highlight the old values of occultism , with a view to decimate the ancient idealogies or to enshrine them? Here the Modern techniques highlight old idealogies indeed. This last piece is just as subtlely critical as it is celebratory but definitely questioning also the process of transcendental meditation.
Ar ha, then do we believe the Truth of her work, and do we hear in fact what we think we hear in her Audio Sculpture, or are we observers and an auditory audience just for a time,followed by silence? Is it all fleeting? Is it truth or is it Real, or going back to Art Philosophy and Realism perhaps nothing we encounter is real, only what is everlasting…….. see final lecture of UNCONSCIOUS and CONSCIOUS by Kate Broom!Is the spirit of the though all that is real, everlasting permanent! If So does it really matter if we consider these works part of ART New Media or not, as they don’t or won’t be real for ever! Is this but Futile ? I hope not but it gets us thinking! Any comments from any one out there!
This work is about psychic power and dream sequences, we are told of dead musicians who have written and played music to accompany peoples dreams, all added to a conceptual exhibition. Go onto the site and listen. We have pulsars fading in and out ….we are told that the sound we have just heard is a radio picture of a pulsar- awhich is a rapidly- blinking remnants of a supernova explosions. PSR 0329+54 is one million years old. It is 3000 light years away from us?
so we ask is this art or an early google or yahoo research page… telling us info which we might or might not want to hear! Or is it an earlier New Media piece of Art dealing with the social issues of its time?
Replied by Susan Hiller
Our now London Based American born artist Susan Hiller has been interviewed by Australian Art critics about her Audio Sculpture named Witness, or ” Whispering Voices” when exhibing ion that continent. In her audio work whispering voices can be heard coming out of hundreds of suspended speakers. . Gallery visitors can listen to any of the speakers holding them to their ear, encountering people real or imagined fragments of stories. they could be dubbed as life encounters of the “third ” kind, as they are tales of UFO visitations and life and death encounters with angels and ghosts too. this is how Hiller expressed her view of how the art piece worked! Susan says” There’s an overall kind of fable effect of all the voices talking at once” singlely there are about 70-80 individuals that can be listened to, just telling Australian, English, Russian and African stories. They all have their own story to tell!( One wonders if it is all the same type of story but with different cultural renditions). The artist tells us, “The work is made up of four corridors that go towards the centre and there’s a stereo effect in that area. Then every six minutes all the little voices die away and you just hear the solo track coming from 60 speakers, which are the Australian stories,and then they fade off and the babble effect comes back”
To me the work look like sparkling giant snow flakes sending out flashes of light , hung from shiny lenghts of wire. As each snow flake is a unique entity so is each auditory recording .It has been described as a subtly lit room, just enough light to see these threads coming down with little speakers almost like rain……. quote from Julie Copeland.