Susan Philipsz: Artist Talk

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024, 5-7pm
Venue: Recording Studio, Acoustic Research Center, Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University
Language: English
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Max. 50 people

Susan Philipsz is a visual artist who works mostly with sound installations. Philipsz first became known for recordings of her own a cappella singing of traditional folk songs, pop songs, or political anthems, which she installed and played in unusual locations, for example under bridges, in an underpass or on a harbor mole. Her works explore the emotional and psychological properties of sound as well as the interplay of sound, architecture, natural environment, and the local context of a location. In 2010 she was the first ‘sound artist’ to receive the Turner Prize. In the past ten years, she realized sound installations that involve detailed research into the history of a location, a piece of music, or a historical figure. “Study for Strings” for documenta 13 in 2012 was installed on platforms of the city of Kassel’s main station from where the Jewish population of Kassel was deported to concentration camps in the 1940s. The played sounds refer to an orchestral piece composed by Pavel Haas in 1943 while he was imprisoned (and later killed) in the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Her multi-channel sound installation War Damaged Musical Instruments (2015) at Tate Britain features recordings of British and German brass and wind instruments that were damaged by wars in the last 200 years. In Japan, Philipsz’s outdoor installation “wind wood” (2020) can be visited in a forest on the nature trail of Pola Art Museum in Hakone. In her talk, Philipsz will introduce a selection of her works of the last 25 years and play samples of some of her recordings. The talk will be followed by a Q&A in English (Questions can be asked in Japanese).

Susan Philipsz (born 1965 in Glasgow, Scotland, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) studied art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland, and at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She currently is a professor for sculpture and spatial concepts at Dresden University of Fine Arts. Philipsz has shown widely internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include: Study for Strings Sokol Terezin, ARoS, Aarhus, Denmark, 2023; Songs Sung in the First Person on Themes of Longing, Sympathy and Release, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA, 2022; The Wind Rose, Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands, 2021; War Damaged Musical Instruments, Aukland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2020. Philipsz’s work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, Castello di Rivoli in Rivoli, Italy, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, The Tate in London, UK, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, USA, and the Pola Art Museum, Hakone, Japan.

Check out: Art21 featuring Susan Philipsz, from the “Berlin” episode in the ninth season of the “”Art in the Twenty-First Century”” series: