Susan Collins

February 2024

Susan Collins

#artist #conceptual #media-art

Website: susan-collins.net
Instagram:
susanalexislandscapes / susanalexisrandoms 

Susan Collins is a visual artist and Professor Emerita at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (UCL), where she founded the Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art in 1995, and served as Slade Professor/Director from 2010-18.

Susan works across public, gallery and online spaces employing transmission, networking and time as primary materials.

Since 2002 she has investigated the relationship of time to place and landscape through a series of lens-based year-long live internet transmissions from remote locations including Seascape (2009) a solo show for the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK; LAND (2017), a live transmission from Jerusalem looking across the West Bank towards the Jordanian mountains; and Five Hours Later (2019-20), a simultaneous live transmission between Sheffield, UK and Boston, US commissioned by Site Gallery Sheffield in collaboration with ICA Boston. The latest in the series, Current II (2023) is transmitting  from an underwater network camera installed in a harbour wall in Aigio, Greece located at sea level so that its viewpoint alternates between above and below water, according to time and tide.

Public artworks have included In Conversation (1997-2001), shown in Brighton, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Cardiff, and Berlin, which linked viewers on the internet with pedestrians on the street; Underglow (2005-6), a network of illuminated drains for the Corporation of London and Brighter Later (2013), a site-specific light installation for the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford driven by live weather data.

Awards for her work have included a Royal Society for the Arts Art for Architecture award for her collaboration with architect Sarah Wigglesworth on a Classroom of the Future; a BAFTA nomination for her Tate commission, Tate in Space, and a Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Garry B Fritz Imagemaker Award for her networked landscape works, Fenlandia and Glenlandia. Her work is held in both public and private collections internationally including the UK’s Government Art Collection.

Current II, 2023
Digital stills from live transmission
640 × 360 cm

Deal Quay, 2022–23
Digital still from live transmission
640 x 360 cm

Five hours Later, 2019–20
Digital still from live transmission
640 x 360 cm

LAND, 7th November 2016 at 16:13pm
Digital still from live transmission 

LAND, 24th November 2016 at 19:22pm
Digital still from live transmission

Seascape, Folkestone,
25
th October 2008 at 11:41 am
Digital still from live transmission

Seascape, 2009
Documentation of solo exhibition
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea 

Brighter Later, 2013
Site specific light installation

Underglow, 2005–06
Site specific light installation