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), and is now 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.

Utilizing various media, including video, the internet, interactive technologies, photography, drawing and painting, Treister has evolved a large body of work which deals with notions of identity, history, power and the hallucinatory. Her practice engages with eccentric narratives and unconventional bodies of research, such as alchemy, extrasensory perception and 'conspiracy theory', to reveal the structures that bind power, identity and knowledge. Often spanning several years, her projects comprise fantastic reinterpretations of given taxonomies that suggest the existence of covert, unseen forces at work in the world, whether corporate, military or paranormal. A number of Treister's projects including "HEXEN 2039" (2006) and "Vesna" (2006) involve her alter ego and avatar Rosalind Brodsky, a delusional woman living between 1970 and 2058 who believes herself capable of time travel and of working at a fictional top-secret governmental organisation called the Institute of Militronics and Advanced Time Interventionality (IMATI). Treister is currently working on HEXEN II, sequel to HEXEN 2039.

Recent exhibitions include: Annely Juda Fine Art, London; P.P.O.W, New York, USA; Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany; Skolsk‡ 28, Prague; Galerie Lorenz, Frankfurt, Germany; Alma Enterprises, London; Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund, Germany; The Jewish Museum, New York, USA; Le Plateau Art Center, FRAC Paris, Ile de France; Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux (CAPC), France; Temporary Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Center for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland

Published books include: '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.

Forthcoming: 'HEXEN II' Black Dog Publishing, London, February 2012 Website: http://www.ensemble.va.com.au/Treister/  

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