Suzanne Treister

The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime)

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 portals, a comic strip, diagrams, oil paintings, project diagrams and works by scientists at CERN in Geneva which envision intelligent life forms on other planets. The project is also accessible through a ring of sky based portals in augmented reality.

The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime) is a digital commission by Serpentine Galleries, London.

8 portals 52 episode comic strip 33 oil paintings 33 diagrams 4 project diagrams CERN works

Augmented Reality info:

This is a navigational tool for interdimensional travel to the archive of The Escapist located in The Museum of Black Hole Spacetime somewhere in outer space.

Upon entering the first Universe the user discovers 8 portals in the sky. Each of these may be downloaded and set as desktop images or wallpapers on computer screens, tablets and phones.

The Museum of Black Hole Spacetime floats between the 8 portals allowing access to the second Universe.

Inside the second Universe the sky clouds over with stars and a new set of portals appear. These portals allow access to the other 5 components of the project where the user may view the works sequentially.

The Museum of Black Hole Spacetime enables the user to return to the first Universe.

NB. Align the navigational circle with the centre of each portal or the moving museum, then tap or click in order to enter. This is designed for use with mobile devices and use with a wifi connection is recommended. Please make sure motion and orientation are enabled in your web browser settings. You may still enter using your desktop browser but will not be able to view as augmented reality.


Video interview
with Ben Vickers, Chief Technology Officer, Serpentine Galleries


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

Published by Serpentine Galleries and 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.

Serpentine galleries, London


Annely Juda Fine Art, London, England
From SURVIVOR (F) to The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime)
(19 September - 2 November 2019)

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Serpentine Galleries, London, England
The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime)
Online in augmented reality

(19 September 2019 - ongoing)


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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. In venues which show both projects the spaces may be divided by a physical portal.

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