She studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London (1978-1981) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1981-1982), and is now based in London having lived in Australia, New York and Berlin. Initially recognized in the 1980s as a painter, she became a pioneer in the digital/new media/web based field from the beginning of the 1990s, making work about emerging technologies, developing fictional worlds and international collaborative organisations. Utilizing various media, including video, the internet, interactive technologies, photography, drawing and watercolour, Treister has evolved a large body of work which deals with notions of identity, history and power. Her practice engages with eccentric narratives and unconventional bodies of research to reveal the structures that bind power, identity and knowledge. Often spanning several years, her projects comprise fantastic reinterpretations of given taxonomies that suggest the existence of covert, unseen forces at work in the world, whether corporate, military or paranormal.