HFT The Gardener

Artwork

HFT The Gardener

installation
2014–15
Suzanne Treister – HFT The Gardener
Suzanne Treister – HFT The Gardener

Archival giclée prints, wallpaper, video (11:55 min.)
Courtesy: Suzanne Treister, Annely Juda Fine Art, London & P.P.O.W., New York

In HFT The Gardener Suzanne Treister examines the world of high-frequency traders, who today operate in the Stock Exchange primarily with help from special algorithms, so-called trading bots. In her work, she explores the complex inner universe of a fictional British high-frequency trader named Hillel Fischer Traumberg (b. 1982). While watching share prices flash across a screen at a rapid rate, HFT has hallucinatory experiences of pure pattern recognition. From that moment on, he follows his calling investigating psychoactive substances that are supposed to help him merge his consciousness with algorithmic intelligence and see the world from the other side—from the perspective of an algorithm. In an unusual narrative consisting of a seven-work series and a video, Treister connects scientific, artistic, and shamanic practices with the politics of global financial constructs, botany, algorithms, and Outsider Art.