Susan Philipsz, Location of The River Cycle (Neva), 2014
Courtesy Isabella Bartolozzi Commissioned by Manifesta 10, with the support of the
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Stuttgart
Photo: Rustam Zagidoullin, © Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia
Born 1965 in Glasgow, Scotland
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Susan Philipsz was originally trained as a sculptor at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland (1989–1993) and the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland (1993–1994). Rather than working with physical material, she has been devoted to sound, space, and time since she made her first sound work in 1994. Her ephemeral yet sculptural installations often use sound in a way that brings out hidden layers of specific spaces, interweaving the site’s historical, narrative, and architectural aspects. She participated in Documenta 13 (2012), the fifty-fifth Carnegie International (2009), the sixteenth Biennale of Sydney (2008), Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana (2000), and the Melbourne International Biennial (1999). Her most recent solo exhibition was held at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2014). Philipsz was awarded the Turner Prize in 2010.