PAMM Spotlight: Susan Hiller’s “Lost and Found”
We wouldn’t call ourselves the “Arts + Entertainment District” without giving you great servings of both. Because we’re surrounded by some of the city’s most powerful cultural institutions, we have quite the treasure within our grasp. A few years ago, when The Perez Art Museum opened, we were giddy knowing that our district would have a colossal home for art, both local and international. Today, we wanted to get to know the immersive “Lost and Found” piece by Susan Hiller.
An influential pioneer of multimedia installation art, Susan Hiller is widely recognized for her early adoption of video as an artistic medium. Through ground-breaking pieces that heighten every sense and put audiences on guard, she has the uncanny ability to transform conventional gallery spaces into haunting, immersive environments. Commissioned by PAMM and making its debut in this exhibition, Hiller’s video “Lost and Found” features an audio collage of voices speaking in 23 different languages, including Aramaic, Comanche, Livonian and other extinct or endangered idioms.
Many of the anecdotes, songs, arguments, memories, and conversations that the voices relay revolve around the theme of language itself. Communication is key here, and if there is no one to relay or express, where would the words go? “Translations of these utterances appear in the form of subtitles, which provide an entry point into the narrators’ diverse cultural circumstances. A constantly shifting oscilloscopic line gives visual form to the work’s soundtrack, suggesting the poignant idea that individuals separated by time, geography, and worldview remain linked by the physical experience of sound as it resonates through the human body during verbal communication.”
You can see the exhibition until June 4th and find out more here.