Alison Hiltner views herself as an archeologist of science fiction, exploring the media landscape of films, television, and video games and intertwining these themes with current scientific inquiry. She merges visual cues from the natural world and fiction to create large-scale sculptural installations. The results confront the viewer with something that appears alien yet undeniably familiar.
The central concept throughout Hiltner’s work is a fascination with how science fiction cinema influences our current understanding of scientific research, and how that filter of understanding will affect technological advancement in the future. By maintaining a sense wonder, humor, and a touch of the absurd, she anchors these pieces conceptually in earnest manipulation, driven by a curiosity of the stranger elements of our existence.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.