Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2015

Oct, Nov, Dec

Susan Philipsz | Visual Artist (together with Eoghan McTigue)

Susan Philipsz / © Privat
Susan Philipsz / © Privat
born in Glasgow, Scotland

My work deals with the spatial properties of sound and with the relationships between sound and architecture.  I am particularly interested in the emotive and psychological properties of sound and how it can be used as a device to alter individual consciousness.  I have used sound as a medium in public spaces to trigger an awareness in the listener, to temporarily alter their perception of themselves in a particular place and time.

Susan Philipsz completed a BA in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (1989-93) and an MA in Fine Art at The University of Ulster, Belfast (1993-94). In 2000 she was awarded the P.S.1 studio residency programme and in 2001 she took up residency at Kunst-Werke e.V. artist residency programme in Berlin where she has lived since. In 2010 she won the Turner Prize and in 2014 she was awarded an OBE.

Her recent solo exhibitions include Broken Ensemble, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, (2014), The Distant Sound, various locations Denmark, Sweden, Norway (2014), Day Is Done, Governors Island, New York, (2014), Part File Score, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2014), The Missing String, K21 Ständehaus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, (2013) The Waters Twine, Glenorchy Sculpture Park, Hobart, Tasmania, (2013); The River Cycle, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo (2012); The Distant Sound, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2012), Timeline, Edinburgh Art Festival (2012); Close To Me, Palazzo Reale, Milan (2012); It Means Nothing To Me, Mizuma Gallery, Beijing, (2012); Seven Tears, Ludwig Forum für International Kunst, Aachen (2011); You Are Not Alone, Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin (2011); If I With You Would Go, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (2011); We Shall Be All, MCA Chicago (2011); Surround Me; A Song Cycle for the City of London, Artangel, London (2010); When Day Closes, Pro Arte Foundation, Helsinki (2010); Lowlands, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow (2010); I See a Darkness, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2010).