Susan Hiller was born in the United States in 1940, and studied and worked as an anthropologist before becoming an artist and settling in London in the early 1970s.
Hiller's startlingly original works are inspired by overlooked and unnoticed aspects of our culture, including postcards, dreams, automatic writing and first-hand accounts of encounters with alien life and near-death experiences. She has described her work as 'paraconceptual', situated at a meeting point between conceptual art and the paranormal. The results of her explorations are displayed in media as varied as artist's books, video, projections, drawings and large-scale installations.
Comprehensive and extensively illustrated, accompanying a major solo exhibition, this book surveys the breadth of Hiller's long and fruitful career to date. Including a new conversation with the artist and contributions by leading critics, as well as a selection of previously published texts, this is the most thorough investigation of Hiller's achievements yet published.
Yve-Alain Bois is professor of art history at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
Guy Brett is an art critic and curator who lives and works in London. He is author of Carnival of Perception (2004).
Ann Gallagher is Head of Collections (British Art) at Tate.
Jörg Heiser is co-editor of Frieze magazine. His book All of a Sudden: Things that Matter in Contemporary Art was published in 2008.
Alexandra M. Kokoli is Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen and editor of Susan Hiller's The Provisional Texture of Reality: Selected Talks and Texts, 1977-2007 (2008).
Jan Verwoert is a writer, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor for Frieze magazine and teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. A collection of his essays, Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want, was published in 2010.
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