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 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 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.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include:
IMMA, Dublin; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Tenderpixel, London; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada (2017); P.P.O.W., New York; Liverpool Biennial, UK; V&A Museum, London; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden; Bard Hessel Museum, NY, USA (2016); Fig-2, ICA, London, England; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein München, Germany; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Netherlands; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany (2015); 10th Shanghai Biennale; 8th Montréal Biennale (2014); Annely Juda Fine Art, London; Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio, USA (2013); Science Museum, London; Raven Row, London (2012)
Published monographs include:
'HFT The Gardener' Black Dog Publishing, London, 2016
'HEXEN 2.0' Black Dog Publishing, London, 2012
'HEXEN 2.0 Tarot' 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.
'No Other Symptoms - Time Travelling with Rosalind Brodsky' CD ROM with 124 page colour hardback book. Published by Black Dog Publishing, London 1999.