All texts and images © susan pui san lok unless otherwise stated
susan pui san lok is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. Exhibition and publication projects range across installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in notions of nostalgia and aspiration, place and migration, translation and diaspora.
She holds a BA (Hons) Fine Art with a First (1994) and an MA Feminism & the Visual Arts with Distinction (1996) from the University of Leeds. She took up a doctoral research post with Aavaa (the African & Asian Visual Artists Archive) at the University of East London in 1997, going on to complete a combined practice/theory PhD in Fine Art (2004). She is currently a Research Fellow with ADRI, the Art & Design Research Institute in the School of Art & Design at Middlesex University.
Solo projects include Lightness (2012) commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and De La Warr Pavilion for Everything Flows; Faster, Higher (2008) commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and the BFI; DIY Ballroom/Live (2007) a Cornerhouse BBC Bigger Picture national touring commission; and Golden (2005-7), a series of works in the form of exhibitions, a residency, a publication and live events, including commissions by Beaconsfield, London, and Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester.
Public talks include conferences and events in London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Berlin, Hong Kong, New York, and Portland, Oregon. She has published three artist books: Faster, Higher (2009), Golden (Notes) (2007), NEWS (2005); and various book chapters, articles, and reviews. She has been an Editor of Journal of Visual Culture since 2006 (Events Editor since 2010), where she has edited and co-edited two issues, Notes for Hong Kong, and other Returns (v6 n3, 2007), and Ways of Seeing (v11 n2, 2012).
She is currently developing a project called RoCH Fans & Legends. Forthcoming exhibitions and presentations include a performance/screening at GHost-Dance, Centre for Performance Research, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2013); the 4-day conference workshop ‘Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary’ at Inter-Asian Connections IV, Koç University, Istanbul (2013); and solo shows at MAI, Montreal and Artclub 1563, Seoul (2014). She has been nominated for the 2013 Film London Jarman Award.
The Global Archive
24 January – 9 February 2013, Hanmi Gallery, London
Work: RoCH Fans (2013, work in progress), installation with inkjet prints, television, VCD, paper, marker
2012-1997: Hong Kong Impressions
29 November – 2 December 2012, Yuen Long Theatre, Hong Kong
Work: Altar Notes (2012), 10′ script with image sequence, one of nine micro plays commissioned & produced between Beijing, Hong Kong & London
Blue Crystal Ball
30 August – 20 September 2012, AND Festival, Holden Gallery, Manchester
11-12 August 2012, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Work: Citius, Altius (2012) 10′ single channel video commissioned by Samsung IOC Olympics Media Art Collection
30 June – 16 September 2012, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Work: Lightness (2012), 20′ multi-channel video & audio installation commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and De La Warr Pavilion
Ways of Seeing
Contributor & co-editor with Raiford Guins & Juliette Kristensen, special issue of Journal of Visual Culture v11 n2, 2012
Essay: Making Ways (2012), 8pp full colour