Susan Hiller: Clinic (2004)

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Go into the recording studios to discover the story behind Susan Hiller's 'Clinic'

Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (Witness), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
THE EXHIBITION
Susan Hiller's major solo show,  Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 was exhibited at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art from 1 May - 18 July 2004. This large-scale exhibition occupied 3 floors and presented over 20 works
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (From India to the Planet Mars), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (Wild Talents), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Clinic, Susan Hiller, 2004/2004, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
CLINIC (2004)
The Level 4 Art Space was entirely taken up with a new BALTIC commission Clinic - an audio installation based on accounts of near death experiences.
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (The Making of Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
STORYTELLING
Created entirely at BALTIC, Clinic incorporates a remarkable archive of vivid stories from individuals across a wide range of cultural backgrounds recorded in many different languages.
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (The Making of Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (The Making of Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (The Making of Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
RECORDING PROCESS
The making of the piece involved an extensive period of research as well as the participation of volunteers of all ages, who translated one text each into their native language and then read the texts for recordings which were made in a purpose-built sound studio at BALTIC.
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (The Making of Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (The Making of Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 (Clinic), Susan Hiller, 2004-05-01/2004-07-18, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
FILLING THE ROOM WITH SOUND
Level 4 is a notoriously difficult space to fill. Rather than use sculptural objects or projects, Hiller chose to fill the room with sound. Speakers were placed within the columns at two different heights. Carefully choreographed voices would start off as gentle murmurs before building to a crescendo. 
Clinic, Susan Hiller, 2004/2004, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Image: Colin Davison
© BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Clinic, Susan Hiller, 2004/2004, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Image: Colin Davison
© BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Clinic, Susan Hiller, 2004/2004, From the collection of: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
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