Thursday 6 November 2008

Artprojx NY presents


by Susan Hiller


Thursday 6 November, 2008

Artprojx at Anthology Film Archives

32, 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street)

New York NY 10003

Tickets $10


Screening and talk by Susan Hiller Introduced by David Gryn | Artprojx


Artprojx NY presents


by Susan Hiller, 2007

Thursday 6 November, 2008


Artprojx at Anthology Film Archives
32, 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets $10

Screening and talk by Susan Hiller
Introduced by David Gryn | Artprojx



The Last Silent Movie by Susan Hiller, 2007 (21 mins)

An old man confronts us with some truths about language. The strangeness of his voice merges with the buzzing and humming artifacts of an archaic recording mechanism. A young girl repeats words she is trying to memorize in what sounds like French. Several men exuberantly chant fragments of a creation myth. Next, an elderly woman tells a story of jealousy and murder to an appreciative listener. Then a gruff voice enquires about fishing conditions ...

The Last Silent Movie opens the unvisited, silent archives of extinct and endangered languages to create a composition of voices that are not silent. They are not silent because someone is listening. The work sets free some of the ghosts and spectres haunting the unacknowledged unheimlich of sound recording which allows us to hear the words and voices of people mostly now dead in The Last Silent Movie, some of them sing, some tell stories, some recite vocabulary lists and some of them, directly or indirectly, accuse us, the listeners, of injustice.

“There aren't many artists whose every new work you would want to see and Hiller is one of them.”

Laura Cummings, The Observer, 2008

“Susan Hiller amplifies archived voices speaking in near-extinct languages, translations of which appear on a screen slung from the ceiling. It is a cinema of the unseen and the no-longer heard. There are snatches of song and folk myth, exhortations and lamentations, last voices no one can understand speaking languages in which no new thing will ever again be said.”
Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 2008


Susan Hiller
The Last Silent Movie

The Museum of Modern Art
Modern Mondays, Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
Monday 3 November at 7.30pm

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708 9400

Susan Hiller:
The J. Street Project
The Jewish Museum

6 November 2008 – 1 February 2009

Susan Hiller traveled to every German street with the prefix "Juden" (Jews), photographing and filming every one of them. The street names continue to mark 303 places where Jewish communities lived prior to Nazi rule, including country roads, village lanes, and busy streets in large cities. Hiller's installation consists of a monumental grid of photographs accompanied by a list of locations and a map, as well as a 67-minute film and a book containing the photographs and additional texts.

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423 3200

Susan Hiller is represented by Timothy Taylor Gallery, London.

Her solo exhibition, Proposals and Demonstrations, will run from 30 October – 20 December 2008 at Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2EX
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