Several of Susan Hiller’s most influential and widely known works are based on collections of commonly available artefacts and widely held experiences, as diverse as postcards of stormy seas, sightings of UFOs, and recordings of disappearing languages.

Hiller’s 'Dedicated to the Unknown Artists' (1972-76) comprised a collection of over 300 colour postcards of waves crashing over shorelines throughout Britain, each of them bearing the legend ‘Rough Sea’. Her 'J. Street Project' (2002-05) gathered evidence of all the street signs in Germany bearing the prefix Juden (Jew) to chart an erased culture in photographs, a film and a book. In 'Witness' (2000), a project commissioned by Artangel, hundreds of recordings of people from around the world recalling strange sightings, visions and visitations, could be heard through a forest of tiny speakers installed in a disused Baptist chapel in west London.

Pop and folk songs are an important material for Hiller, with their capacity to conjure up personal and shared histories. For 'London Jukebox', a work began in 2008 and completed this year, Hiller has customised a vintage 1970s ‘White Royale Liquid Bubbler’ jukebox and added a playlist of 70 songs, selected by the artist in homage to the richly diverse nature of her adoptive city of London and the enduring capacity of popular song to trigger memories and associations.

Amongst the earliest songs on the jukebox is Vera Lynn’s 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' from 1940 and the most recent is 'Ghosts of Grenfell' by Lowkey and Mai Khalil from 2017. The Kinks’ 'Waterloo Sunset', Donovan’s 'Sunny Goodge Street', Cock Sparrer’s 'East End Girl', The Clash’s 'London Calling' and The Pogues’ 'A Rainy Night in Soho' are amongst the many classic London songs available to play at the press of a button.


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Susan Hiller has lived mainly in London since the early 1960s. Survey exhibitions include most recently OGR, Turin (2018); a retrospective at Tate Britain (2011); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2006); Baltic, Gateshead, Kunsthalle Basel and Museu Serralves, Porto (2004); ICA, Philadelphia (1998); Tate Liverpool (1996) and ICA, London (1986). Her work is in numerous public collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery and Inhotim, Brazil.

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London Jukebox, 2008 - 2018
Lot Number 019
Customized jukebox with 70 songs selected by the artist
140 x 80 x 50 cm (55.12 x 31.5 x 19.69 in)
Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery
Signed Certificate of Authenticity

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Susan Hiller
London Jukebox
  • Dimensions
    140 x 80 x 50 cm (55.12 x 31.5 x 19.69 in)