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 first commission of 2020 was London Jukebox, developed by the late Susan Hiller over a period of ten years, completing in 2018.
The installation was 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 invited visitors to either choose a song which resonates with them, or enjoy the selections made by others. Excerpts from the songs’ lyrics filled the walls of Bloomberg SPACE along with a map of London that plotted the geography of Hiller’s playlist.
Hiller’s London Jukebox could be appreciated as its own form of archaeology. Featuring an array of cultural artefacts – in this case popular songs – it surveyed 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.