Suzanne Treister

  • Artist

Suzanne Treister (b.1958 London, UK) studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London (1978-1981) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1981-1982), and is now based in London having lived in Australia, New York and Berlin. Initially recognized in the 1980s as a painter, she became a pioneer in the digital/new media/web based field from the beginning of the 1990s, making work about emerging technologies, developing fictional worlds and international collaborative organisations. Utilising various media, including video, the internet, interactive technologies, photography, drawing and watercolour, Treister has evolved a large body of work which engages with eccentric narratives and unconventional bodies of research to reveal structures that bind power, identity and knowledge. Often spanning several years, her projects comprise fantastic reinterpretations of given taxonomies and histories that suggest the existence of covert, unseen forces at work in the world, whether corporate, military or paranormal.

Recent solo shows include: HEXEN 2.0, P.P.O.W New York, USA and Espace Multimedia Gantner, Bourogne, France (2013); Science Museum, London, UK; D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig and Hartware MedienKunstverein, Dortmund, Germany (2012). Recent solo curatorial projects include: THE REAL TRUTH A WORLD’S FAIR at Raven Row, London, UK (2012).

Recent group shows include: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Secession, Vienna; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux (CAPC); Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg; Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; La Maison Populaire, Paris; Le Plateau Art Center, FRAC Paris, Ile de France; Temporary Kunsthalle, Berlin; Rennes II University Gallery, France; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Center for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany; The  Jewish Museum, New York; Shedhalle, Zurich.

Published books include:

HEXEN 2.0, Black Dog Publishing, London, 2012.
NATO The Military Codification System for the Ordering of Everything in the World, Black Dog Publishing, London, 2008.
HEXEN 2039 new military-occult technologies for psychological warfare, Black Dog Publishing, London, 2006.

All works courtesy the artist and Annely Juda Fine Art, London.