Susan Hiller: Altered States

One of the most influential artists of her generation, Susan Hiller has been an innovator for close to five decades. Comprising landmark video installations and photographs, Altered States focuses on Hiller’s  investigations into dream states, the inexplicable, and our collective unconscious. 

Involving extensive research, Hiller assembles audio and visual artefacts from diverse cultural source material to map popular beliefs. The exhibition includes Psi Girls, movie footage of adolescent girls performing telekinetic feats; Resounding (Infrared), hypnotic visual and audio recordings of mysterious phenomena; and automatic writing. The works in Altered States reflect on how technology and language mediate our perceptions of the world.

Susan Hiller (b. 1940, Tallahassee, Florida) studied film, photography, archaeology and linguistics and then turned to art. Since moving to London, England from the U.S. in the 1960s, she has produced an extensive body of work. She is widely published, and edited the influential 1991 book The Myth of Primitivism: Perspectives on Art.

Hiller has had solo exhibitions in major international museums. Important solo exhibitions include the ICA, London (1986), Tate Liverpool (1996) and Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2007); Baltic, Gateshead; Museu Serralves, Porto (2004), Kunsthalle Basel (2005), Tate Britain, London (2011); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, (2011), and OGR, Turin (2018). She participated in documenta 13 (2012) and documenta 14 (2017). Hiller is represented by Lisson Gallery. 


Wednesday May 23
6pm: Members' Reception
7pm: A Conversation with Susan Hiller and Helga Pakasaar
8pm: Public Opening

Thursday June 7, 2pm
Curator's Tour : 
Join curator Helga Pakasaar for a tour of Susan Hiller: Altered States. Learn about the perspective of the artist and the works in the exhibition during this unique opportunity.

Exhibition Tours
Tours of Altered States will be hosted every Thursday and Saturday at 2PM. To join the tour, meet at the ground floor lobby at 1:55PM. These tours are recommended for general visitors as an introduction to the exhibition.

For a more tailored experience, visitors are encouraged to book a private guided tour with a member of our curatorial team. For more information about private tours, visit the Contact Us page, or email

Image: Susan Hiller, Rough Dawns II, 2015 (detail), 12 archival pigment prints, each panel 51 x 76 cm; © Susan Hiller, courtesy Lisson Gallery

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