Susan Hiller: London Jukebox
22 Jan 2020 — 11 Jul 2020
Located on the ground floor of the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg SPACE aims to showcase the best in contemporary art whilst bringing fresh perspectives to the history of this unique site.
Our latest commission is London Jukebox, developed by the late Susan Hiller over a period of ten years, completing in 2018.
The installation is centred on an audio sculpture comprising of a vintage-style jukebox customised with a selection of 70 songs about London, chosen by the artist as an homage to the richly diverse narratives that weave through the city’s neighbourhoods. Outfitted with benches and headphones, the installation invites visitors to either choose a song which resonates with them, or enjoy the selections made by others. Excerpts from the songs’ lyrics fill the walls of Bloomberg SPACE along with a map of London that plots the geography of Hiller’s playlist.
Hiller’s London Jukebox can be appreciated as its own form of archaeology. Featuring an array of cultural artefacts – in this case popular songs – it surveys the shifting musical layers of the city.
Susan Hiller (1940-2019) was born in Tallahassee, Florida. By the early 1960s she had settled in London, which became her adopted home. Since first making innovative use of audio and visual technology in the early 1980s, her ground-breaking installations, multi-screen videos and audio works have achieved international recognition.
A series of contemporary art commissions responding to the site’s rich archaeological history.