Susan Schuppli is an artist and researcher based in London, whose work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters. Current work explores the ways in which toxic ecologies from nuclear accidents and oil spills to the dark snow of the arctic are producing an “extreme image” archive of material wrongs.
Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US,. Recent projects include Trace Evidence, a video trilogy commissioned by Arts Catalyst UK & Bildmuseet, Sweden and Atmospheric Feedback Loops, a Vertical Cinema commission for Sonic Acts, Amsterdam. Forthcoming exhibitions include Ural Biennale, Moscow Biennale, Bonniers Kunsthall, Stockholm, Artspace, Auckland, and SculptureCenter, Queens. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness (MIT Press, Autumn release 2018), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary.
She is Reader and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. Previously 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. Recipient of ICP Infinity Award 2016.
Research Summary: My work as an artist and writer explores 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 assumes 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 recording new forms of injustice and violence; creating, in effect, a planetary archive of material evidence.