Susan Collins (b. 1964 London) is one of the UK’s leading artists working with digital media. She works across public, gallery and online spaces with most of the work made in response to specific sites and situations. Recent works mainly employ transmission, networking and time as primary materials.
Key works include In Conversation; Tate in Space (a BAFTA nominated Tate netart commission); Transporting Skies which transported sky (and other phenomena) live between Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance in Cornwall and Site Gallery Sheffield in Yorkshire; Fenlandia and Glenlandia – live year long pixel by pixel internet transmissions from remote landscapes; The Spectrascope, an ongoing live pixel by pixel transmission from a haunted house; Seascapea solo show for the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, and London 2013 which is currently continually constructing the newly emerging London skyline live, in realtime. Recent short film works include Love Brid, commissioned by Animate Projects, and Excavation commissioned for Medieval Harewood.
Collins exhibits nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions in the UK, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Tasmania, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand and Peru. Public commissions include a wildlife surveillance system for Sarah Wigglesworth Architects’s RIBA award winning Classroom of the Future; Underglow, a network of illuminated drains for the Corporation of London for Light Up Queen Street; Chaser, a lighting commission for GLOW ’07 Newcastle and Brighter Later, a site specific light installation for the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford driven by live weather data.
Susan Collins is currently Slade Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London where she established the Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art (SCEMFA) in 1995.
Susan Collins is represented by Osterwalder’s Art Office, Hamburg
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