October 2017_by Federica Tattoli
SURVIVOR (F) is a new ongoing project by Suzanne Treister (London, 1958), an hallucinogenic exploration of a post-apocalyptic reality in undetermined time and space. Whether manifestations of a sole survivor of the human race, on earth, in space, on a new planet or parallel universe, or of an artificial super-intelligence (ASI), SURVIVOR (F) presents visions of a post-futuristic sublime, charting an existential imaginary of potential human/non-human agency/non-agency and beyond, of the psychedelic consciousness of SURVIVOR (F).
How would you present your work?
Generally on this planet but not necessarily. It depends on the facilities of each venue in the future.
“SURVIVOR (F) is an hallucinogenic exploration of a post-apocalyptic reality in undetermined time and space.” could you explain this concept to me in a deeper way?
Whether manifestations of a sole survivor of the human race, on earth, in space, on a new planet or parallel universe, or of an artificial super-intelligence (ASI), SURVIVOR (F) presents visions of a post-futuristic sublime, charting an existential imaginary of potential human/non-human agency/non-agency and beyond, of the psychedelic consciousness of SURVIVOR (F).
The idea of apocalypse is also undetermined, apocalypse of what? Apocalypse of humanity, of our planet, of the galaxy, the universe, of our minds?
See also this essay by Maggie Roberts and Lucy A Sames.
Where do you make your works?
On planes as they are taking off.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
A collection on another planet.
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
The Museum of the Algorithm. I made a drawing of it yesterday.
The market or your need to express?
I would rather answer the question, 'Do you make art to try and save the human race or do you think the human race doesn't want to be saved?'. My answer to that would be yes to both.
Lightness or depth?
Day or night?
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question…
Would you like to be reincarnated as a dog? Yes.
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
A sheet of paper with the words, 'The Sky Was The Colour Of The Death Of The Internet' painted in magenta watercolour in a font called Van Veen.
What are you reading?
Where would you like to live?
In more than one place at the same time.
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
Alchemical artists from the Middle Ages.
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
Design a theme park.
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
Astronomer or astronaut.
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
One or more artificial intelligences.
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
Does anyone remember how boring group exhibitions were before the growth of the curatorial industry? Shows had titles like, 'Ten German Artists', and all ten were men.
A dream of yours?
To not wake up in the night.
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) 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 organizations. Utilizing various media, including video, the internet, interactive technologies, photography, drawing and watercolor, 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 examine the existence of covert, unseen forces at work in the world, whether corporate, military or paranormal. An ongoing focus of her work is the relationship between new technologies, society, alternative belief systems and the potential futures of humanity.
SURVIVOR (F)/Mystical Apocalypse 01. Oil on canvas, 213 x 168 cm 2017
SURVIVOR (F)/One Million Years Before And After The Internet. Oil on canvas, 213 x 152 cm 2017
SURVIVOR (F)/Lone Star. Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper, 21 x 29.7 cm 2016-17
SURVIVOR (F)/Sacred Visionary Post-Human Super-Intelligence Multi Locational Star Network System. Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper, 21 x 29.7 cm 2016-17
Survivor (F)/Thought & Space Based Networks Of Turquoise Stardust V1Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper, 42 x 29.7 cm 2017