Artist profile

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.

Suzanne Treister studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London (1978–81) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1981–82). 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.


Born in London
Studied at Brighton Polytechnic
Undergraduate studies at St Martins School of Art, London
Postgraduate studies at Chelsea School of Art, London

Selected exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
In The Name of Art and Other Works, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
HEXEN 2.0, Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), Cleveland, Ohio, USA
HEXEN 2.0, P.P.O.W, New York
HEXEN 2.0, Science Museum, London, England
HEXEN 2.0, Hartware MedienKunstverein, Dortmund, Germany
HEXEN 2.0, DEATH BE KIND, Melbourne, Australia

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