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Susan Hiller: Ghost / TV 25 September–27 October 2019 | Channels 13 February–14 April 2013 | The Last Silent Movie 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 July 2008 | An Entertainment 19–31 January 1991 | Work in Progress 21 April–4 May 1980 | Publications | Editions | Artist’s Website
|Susan Hiller| Ghost / TV | 25 September–27 October 2019 | Private View: Sunday 22 September 2019 3–6pm | 92 Webster Road, London, SE16 4DF|
The display consists of two main elements, both of which relate to Hiller's previous exhibitions at Matt's Gallery. A video, Running on Empty (2017), stems from Hiller's commission to create Channels, a monumental audio-sculptural installation that incorporates 103 cathode-ray tube television sets programmed to play reports of near-death experiences. While constructing Channels, Hiller and Matt's Gallery Director Robin Klassnik discovered one particular television set that spontaneously and intermittently communicated a haunting, poignant message of its own. Their attempts to document that elusive message, to recreate and capture the phenomenon on camera, even as the television's functioning proceeded to decay and degenerate in a violent medley of colour and pattern, forms the subject of Running on Empty - a work which thus becomes about artistic making itself, about processes of collaboration, moments of serendipity, and the pleasures of visual play.
The other element in the exhibition similarly raises questions about its own artistic status. A macabre hand puppet of a ghost or skeleton, most likely made by Hiller some time in the early 2000s, it relates to her pioneering video installation, An Entertainment, which used footage filmed at Punch and Judy shows. However, the puppet itself was not formally regarded as a fully-fledged artwork by Hiller, but was more a sort of experiment, and was kept on her desk at home as a kind of personal artefact, a negative talisman.
Ghost / TV is the 40th anniversary exhibition at Matt's Gallery, which first opened in September 1979. The exhibition will be accompanied by the 40th 'whitebook' publication featuring a text by Gabriel Coxhead.
The Estate of Susan Hiller is represented by Lisson Gallery.
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