Peter Hill

April-May 2018

Independent residency program

Artist Statement

Since 1989 I have been creating “Superfictions”, artworks that exist in the gap between installation art and literary fiction. These artworks ask “how do we know what is true and what is false within any given, mostly visual, statement?” In 2001 I completed my PhD by project (RMIT) on “Superfictions: New Uses for Fiction in Contemporary Art Practice”, positioning my own practice in relation to Marcel Broodthaers, Guillaume Bijl, Res Ingold, Cindy Sherman, Seymour Likely, Patrick Pound, Michael Vale, Alexa Wright, Eve Anne O’Regan, and others. Since the election of Donald Trump I have been on a round-the-world lecture tour called “Fake News and Superfictions,” which began at the Justin Art House Museum in Melbourne, and moved through Scotland and England in 2017/18. I will be delivering it at the Stadelschule, Frankfurt during my PHASMID residency.

Dr Peter Hill was born in Glasgow and studied art in Scotland, England, and Australia. He is an artist, writer, independent curator, and is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. He has exhibited in the Sydney Biennale (2002) and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (2000). In 2004 his book “Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper” won a Saltire Award at the National Libraries of Scotland. As a writer he has contributed to Frieze, Artmonthly Australia, Artpress (Paris), Vault, ARTnews (New York), The London Review of Books, and Art Collector. In addition to researching a new artwork, he will use his time at PHASMID to complete a book called Curious About Art: Encounters with 50 Contemporary Artists, from Marina Abramovic to Robert Zhao.  For the past four years he has been contracted to Goldsmiths, University London, as external examiner for Fine Art students at La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore.

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