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Susan Hiller
(b. 1940, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

Susan Hiller remarks that 'all of my work deals with ghosts in a way that some people see and some people don't.' Her interest is in the 'interrogation and questioning of who I am, who we are . . .' and her subjects embrace communication, gender, desire and death. One of the pioneers of video art in the UK, she uses a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, printed texts and large-scale installation, to explore the margins of consciousness and the borderlines of language and meaning.

Since the early 1970s, she has investigated the place of dream and reverie within culture, and explored the nebulous space between dream-states and reality. She is the co-author of Dreams: Visions of the Night (1976) and launched her website Dream Screens in 1996. A major survey of her work, traversing themes as diverse as supernatural experiences, dying languages, psychoanalysis and cultural history, was held at Tate Britain in 2011.
Dream Exchange
Susan Hiller leads two separate sessions assembling and studying dreams relating to contemporary political, social and economic events.
Participants are invited to bring descriptions of dreams they have had which relate to these topics. Drawing on the historical projects such as the Mass Observation dream diaries, the class discuss techniques of interpretation and assess the possibility of a collective unconscious.

Price: £10
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Classroom 3

Approximate duration: two hours