PARTICIPANT / Susan Schuppli

  • Name Susan Schuppli

Susan Schuppli is a researcher and artist based in  the UK whose work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters and climate change. Current work is focused on ice core science and the politics of cold.

Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. Recent exhibitions include the Toronto Biennial of ArtSpill, Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, The Coming World, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Logics of Sense, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada, Eavesdropping, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand, and Deadly Affairs, Extra City, Antwerp. Other notable works include Nature Represents Itself, SculptureCenter, New York, Trace Evidence, a video trilogy commissioned by Arts Catalyst UK & Bildmuseet, Sweden and Atmospheric Feedback Loops, a Vertical Cinema commission for Sonic Acts, Amsterdam. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the new book, Material Witness published by MIT Press in 2020.

Schuppli is Reader and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths where she is also an affiliate artist-researcher and Board Chair of Forensic Architecture. Previously she was Senior Research Fellow and Project Co-ordinator of Forensic Architecture. Prior to working in the UK she was an Associate Professor in visual/media arts in Canada. Schuppli received her PhD from Goldsmiths and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program after completing her MFA at the University of California San Diego. She is the recipient of the 2016 ICP Infinity Award.

Research Summary: My work as an artist and writer has explored the ways in which non-human witnesses, such as materials and objects, enter into public discourse and testify to historical events, especially those involving political violence, ethnic conflict, and war crimes. This work has assumed many different modes of communication from legal analysis and public advocacy to theoretical reflection and creative exploration. My current research and artistic production expands these investigations to examine how environmental systems and the transformations brought about by global warming are also generating new forms of evidence; creating, in effect, a planetary archive of material witnesses.

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