Scottish-born artist Susan Philipsz's haunting and ethereal sound installations transform buildings, rooms, and other architectural spaces into otherwordly environments. While she has also made films, her primary mode of production consists in recording her own voice singing a cappella renditions of appropriated music then projecting these in particular locations. Philipsz's transient installations explore the infinite possibilities of sound to sculpt both the physical experience of space and the intangible recollections of our memories.
Susan Philipsz graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland, with a BFA in 1993 and from University of Ulster, Belfast, with an MFA in 1994. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2008); Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (2008, 2006); Mitzuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (both in 2007); Büro Friedrich, Berlin (2006, 2005); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2005); Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany (2004); Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2004, 2002); and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2002). Philipsz has appeared in numerous international survey exhibitions, including Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International; Skulptur Projekte Münster and Busan Biennale, South Korea (both in 2007); Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2006); Guangzhou Triennial, China, and Torino Triennale, Turin (both in 2005); and Triennial, Tate Britain, London (2003). She has recently shown in group exhibitions at venues including New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2006); and Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, and (2003).
—From acquisition narrative, 2009, by Douglas Fogle and Karin Campbell