Suzanne Treister

The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime)



Suzanne Treister: From Survivor (F) To The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime)

Published by Serpentine Galleries Koenig Books London September 2019

This publication brings together two interconnected art projects by Suzanne Treister, SURVIVOR (F) and a Serpentine Galleries commission, The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime), both of which explore imaginary scenarios of techno-human evolution over vast cosmological time spans.

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence, cosmology and theoretical physics, the works take us on a beautiful and mind expanding journey through the possibilities of inter-dimensional time-travel, consciousness and the singularity.

Combining the ecstatic state of the mystical with the agnostic and iterative nature of the scientific, the projects take the form of alchemical diagrams, fashion designs for space travel, a comic strip, video, paintings and watercolours.

Since the late 1980s Suzanne Treister has engaged with emerging technologies and their relationship to society, alternative belief systems and the potential futures of humanity. Her work proposes alternative visions and interpretations of the histories that have formed our society that we are only now beginning to comprehend.

This fully illustrated publication features essays by Maggie Roberts, Lucy A. Sames, Ben Vickers and HUO9000.

This publication and The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime) are commissions by Serpentine Galleries, London.

Dimensions 170mm (width) x 240mm (height) - with 256 images in full colour.


Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime) is a digital commission by Serpentine Galleries, London to be launched on 19 September 2019.

The Escapist BHST is a non specific interplanetary entity whose depicted experiences are a poetic imagining of spaces of understanding within and beyond those of contemporary science.

The project consists of drawings, a comic strip, watercolours, diagrams, oil paintings and includes a group of works which envision intelligent life forms on other planets, drawn and painted by scientists at CERN, Geneva.


From 19 September the project will be accessible here and also through a ring of sky based portals in AR (Augmented Reality).

Eight of the portals will be able to be downloaded and set as desktop images on computer screens, tablets and phones.


All works will be exhibited in the exhibition, From SURVIVOR (F) to The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime) at Annely Juda Fine Art, London from 19 September - 2 November 2019.
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NB. SURVIVOR (F) and The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime) began as two independent projects until one day a portal opened between them, located somewhere inside a painting of an imaginary museum in outer space.


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