Launched July 3, 1996

Jun 21, 1996

Dream Screens, a work for the world wide web by Susan Hiller will be launched July 3 at Hiller is widely known for works that explore the margins of consciousness through a variety of media. In this piece, created specially for Dia's web site, Hiller will map her long-standing interest in dream states onto the nebulous realm of the web.

Dream Screens consists of an interactive minimalist color field. Pure, continuous color saturates the monitor as the visitor clicks to explore the infinite possibilities of sequences that arise from an invisible interactive map. Divested of text and image, the monochrome screens provide a space for projection, contemplation, and retreat from the image and information barrage of the web.

While navigating through the dream screens, the visitor can choose an audio track in one of six languages--English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. In each language, descriptions of dream-like scenarios are intermixed with diverse sound effects, including the sound of morse code being generated by a sleeping man. According to Hiller, "Dreams are an evolutionary mechanism; in dreams, genetic programs are recombined with images from a reservoir of personal and collective memories shaped by the culture each dreamer inhabits. In our culture, mass media imprinting is the primary feedback system affecting individual and collective consciousness. As our communications systems advance and their imprinting power increases, in contrast with dreamers from the past, we experience a rapid acceleration in the rate of change by which reprogramming occurs".

Hiller was born in the United States and has lived in London since the early 1970s, where she had her first solo exhibition in 1973. She has exhibited and published widely since. Her artist's book After the Freud Museum was published in 1995, following a residency at the Freud Museum in London. Earlier this year, the Tate Gallery in Liverpool showed a major exhibition of her work ranging from 1973 to the present.

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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518

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