In The Name Of Art and other recent works
31 October - 20 December 2013 show extended until 22 January 2014
Annely Juda Fine Art is proud to present the exhibition, In The Name Of Art and other recent works, by Suzanne Treister.
Much of Treister's recent work maps ways that human intelligence and military intelligence currently interact and work on each other. She explores how in a world increasingly determined by pervasive technologies and the demands of the military and security arms of government and state, new relations between the observer and the observed have been established and new subjectivities formed.
In The Drone that Filmed the Opening of its own Exhibition (2013) Treister brings technologies which relate to recent military and civil drone operations into the art gallery. At the opening of the exhibition a drone will fly into the space filming the event and a monitor will display footage of the exhibition, shot in advance by the commercially available Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.
In Camouflage (2013) Treister has sourced documents related to GIG and PRISM projects developed by the US Department of Defense and US National Security Agency. Both programmes of mass surveillance – PRISM famously revealed by Edward Snowden – are for use in times of war and peace. In these works Treister has expanded the original graphic forms and languages across the surface of the reprinted documents.
In The Name Of Art (2012-13) collects titles of exhibitions in the visual arts from 1900 - 2012. Comprising 180 parts over a span of 6.5 meters we are presented with words - in a Gothic typeface - that contain theses, artworks and cultures. We are invited to seek meaning in occurrences and clumpings of names and words and from this to intuit narrative and deeper structures.
Other works in the exhibition include: emeyefive (2008-10); Orchis Militaris (2013); CIA (2011); ART FOR OLIGARCHS (2012-2013); CIA BLACK SITES (2010); The U.S. National Security Agency On Fire (2010) and THE REAL TRUTH A WORLD'S FAIR (2012); ALGORITHM 1-5 (2013)
Suzanne Treister studied at St Martin's School of Art, London (1978-1981) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1981-1982). She is now based in London having lived in Australia, New York and Berlin. Primarily a painter through the 1980s, Treister was a pioneer in the digital/new media/web based field from the beginning of the 1990s, 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.
Treister has recently exhibited at P.P.O.W., New York; Raven Row, London; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Secession, Vienna; Science Museum, London; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux (CAPC); Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark; D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig; Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg; Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; La Maison Populaire, Paris; Le Plateau Art Center, FRAC Paris; Temporary Kunsthalle, Berlin; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Center for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland; The Jewish Museum, New York and Shedhalle, Zurich
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue-newspaper with an essay by Richard Grayson.
You can visit Suzanne Treister's website here