Susan Hiller

Susan Hiller

Advice to the Young

Too many people think that you can only be creative within the field of art: “It’s not just a little ghetto called ‘art’ that allows you to do that.” Internationally acclaimed artist Susan Hiller advises younger colleagues not to make art unless they have to.

Moreover, it is essential that you avoid being misled by other people’s opinion about your art – what really matters is daring to be yourself: “The greatest pleasure there is, is actually to define a problem – and solve it, and only you know whether it’s solved or not.”

Susan Hiller (b. 1940) is an American London-based artist. In the early 1980s she began to make innovative use of audio and visual technology. Her ground-breaking installations, multi-screen videos and audio works have achieved international recognition and are widely acknowledged as a major influence on younger British artists. Hiller’s works are based on specific cultural artefacts from our society, which she uses as basic materials. With a practice extending over 40 years, she has been recognized by mid-career survey exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (1986), Tate Liverpool (1996) and Tate Britain (2011). For more about Susan Hiller see: http://www.susanhiller.org/

Susan Hiller was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in connection to her exhibition ‘Channels’ at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, February 2015.

Camera: Kasper Kiertzner
Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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