Art Term: Superfiction

Superfiction 8, Roslishan Ismail, Art KL-itique

Superfiction 8, Roslishan Ismail, Art KL-itique

According to Wikipedia, “a Superfiction is a visual or conceptual artwork which uses fiction and appropriation to mirror organizations, business structures, and/or the lives of invented individuals (Hill). The term was coined by Glasgow-born artist Peter Hill in 1989. Often superfictions are subversive cultural events in which the artwork can be said to escape from the picture frame… into three-dimensional reality.”

The practice of intentionally blurring the boundaries between fiction and fact has many precedents. Perhaps the best known is Orson Welles’ adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds which was broadcast in the style of a breaking-news report in October 1938.

A few months ago, we published a feature blog post on Moke Li’s superfiction contemporary art installation Hana Island Super Agency.

In 1989 Peter Hill created his fictive Museum of Contemporary Ideas on New York’s Park Avenue and sent press releases about the museum to news agencies such as Reuters and Associated Press and magazines, newspapers, museums, critics and specialist journals. With its “Encyclopedia of Superfictions”, Hill’s Web site is something of an information hub on methodically related artworks.