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Susan Hiller
Born 1940
Nationality American
Field Installation
Works Belshazzar's Feast, (1983-4)
Witness, (2000)

Susan Hiller (born 1940) is an American-born artist currently living in the UK. Her practice encompasses installation, video, photography, performance and writing. She describes her art as a kind of "archaeological investigation, uncovering something to make a different kind of sense of it".

She was born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1940 and studied at Smith College. After graduate work in anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans she worked as an anthropologist and completed a Ph.D in 1965. It was at this time that she became disillusioned with academic anthropology and became an artist.[1]

She moved to London in 1973, where she rose to prominence with her installations, such as Dedicated to the Unknown Artists (1972-76).

A retrospective of her work was exhibited at Tate Liverpool in 1996. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998.[2] In 2000 she represented Britain at the 7th Havana Bienal.[3] Her works are held in the collection of the Tate.[4]

Notable works

  • Belshazzar's Feast (1983-4), a video work originally made for TV transmission.
  • Witness (2000), a large scale sound installation, made up of over four hundred miniature loudspeakers hanging from a ceiling/wall suspended structure. The loudspeakers tell of people’s experience (in their native language) of their personal encounters with UFOs.


  1. ^ Lucy Lippard in Barbara Einzig, Thinking About Art: Conversations with Susan Hiller, Manchester University Press, 1996, pxi. ISBN 0719045657
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