Associate Professor in Fine Art Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries, Middlesex University

Visiting Lectures / Artist Talks Alfred University, NY; BFI Southbank, London; Birkbeck College, University of London; Concordia University, Montreal; Courtauld Institute, University of London; Firstsite Gallery, Colchester; Goldsmiths College, University of London; Royal College of Art; University of East London; University of Leeds; Winchester School of Art; University of the Arts, London (Central Saint Martins & Chelsea); Reed College, Portland, Oregon; Royal College of Art, London; Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; Tate Modern & Tate Britain, London; University of Westminster, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Winchester School of Art, UK

Editorial Board Member Journal of Visual Culture (London, CA, New Delhi: Sage) Editorial Group 2006-13, Events Editor 2010-13, Editorial Board since 2014


2004   PhD Fine Art (Practice & Theory) with Aavaa (African & Asian Visual Artists Archive) School of Architecture & the Visual Arts, University of East London

1996   MA Feminism & the Visual Arts (Distinction) Dept of Fine Art, University of Leeds

1994   BA Hons Fine Art (First) Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds


2015-18   AHRC Research Grant Award: Black Artists & Modernism £722+K, Co-Investigator with David Dibosa (Co-I) and Sonia Boyce (Principal Investigator)

2017   Film London Jarman Award Nomination

2015   Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award Individual Award, £15K

2013   Film London Jarman Award Nomination

2011   Wellcome Trust, Large Arts Award £151K, Co-Applicant with Steven Bode (Principal Applicant)

2010   Wellcome Trust, Small Arts Award £27K, Co-Applicant with Steven Bode (Principal Applicant)

2005   AHRC Diasporas, Migrations and Identities Small Grants Scheme, Principal Investigator, £10K

2005   ACE Grants for the Arts Individual Award, £4.5K


Videotage Media Arts Collection Hong Kong

University of Salford / CFCCA Contemporary Chinese Art Collection University of Salford

Shanghai Duolun MoMA Film & Media Collection

Samsung Olympics Media Art Collection Olympic Museum, Lausanne


2016   susan pui san lok: RoCH Fans & Legends CFCCA’s 30th Anniversary Programme, Manchester, UK

2015   RoCH Fans & Legends QUAD, Derby, UK

2014   Faster, Higher MAI, Montreal, Quebec

2012   Altar Notes one of 9 micro-plays commissioned and produced between London, Beijing and Hong Kong, and presented at Yuen Long Theatre, Hong Kong

2012   Faster, Higher Film & Video Umbrella and BFI commission, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre

2008   Faster, Higher Film & Video Umbrella and BFI Southbank commission, BFI Southbank Gallery, London

2007-08   DIY Ballroom / Live Cornerhouse / BBC Bigger Picture touring commission, BBC Big Screen/Cornerhouse, Manchester; enter_, Norwich; Lumen, Leeds; Site Gallery, Sheffield

2006   Golden (Lessons) exhibition & residency, Beaconsfield, London

2006   Golden exhibition, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

2005   Necessary Journeys ACE artist residency, Media Archive of Central England, Arts Council England programme in partnership with BFI Black World

2005   Electric Greenhouse digital arts residency, Artquest / B3 Media, London

2000   FCHKUK exhibition, Stuff Gallery, London

2000   Lean To exhibition, East London Gallery, University of East London

1996-97   Un- (Retrospectre) exhibition, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester


2017   Diaspora Pavilion Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Venice, 13 May – 26 November

2015-16   1st Asia Biennial & 5th Guangzhou Triennial Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

2013   The Global Archive Hanmi Gallery, London

2012   Everything Flows De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

2012   Blue Crystal Ball Samsung IOC Olympics Media Art Collection, screenings at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

2012   Blue Crystal Ball Samsung IOC Olympics Media Art Collection, exhibition, AND Festival, Holden Gallery, Manchester

2012   March 2012 part of Time Lapse SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011   Fraternise – the Salon Beaconsfield, London

2010   How We Became Metadata University of Westminster Gallery, London

2010   Tables of Thought Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland

2009   Hit the Ground Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (Great North Run Cultural Programme)

2008   Artradio exhibition & online station, Cornerhouse, Manchester (featured soundwork)

2006   Cruel / Loving Bodies 2 exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Centre & Goethe Institute

2005   Private View exhibition, Shanghai Duolun MoMA

2005   Lightsilver exhibition, Beaconsfield Contemporary Art, London

2005   Reassurance exhibition, SPACE Triangle, London & Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

2004   New Nasubi Gallery in ‘Osawa Tsuyoshi: Answer with Yes and No!’ exhibition, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

2004   Cruel / Loving Bodies exhibition, Shanghai Duolun MoMA & 798 Factory, Beijing

2003   False Impressions exhibition, University of Essex Gallery, Colchester

2003   The Translator’s Notes exhibition, Café Gallery Projects, London

2001    Drawing the Central Space performance & exhibition, The Central Space, London

2001   New Releases: An International Survey of Recent Works On Video exhibition, Gallery 4A & Art Gallery New South Wales, Australia

2000   Shanghai Art Fair exhibition, Shanghai Mart, Shanghai, China

1999   Cities on the Move Hayward Gallery, London

1998   DEAL exhibition with Mayling To, 198 Gallery, London

1997   Numbersix exhibition with Anthony Key, Yeu-Lai Mo, Erika Tan, Mayling To


2017   China Remixed Indiana University, Bloomington, 15 February – 10 March

2016-17   Both Sides Now III Videotage HK and videoclub UK, International Touring Programme

2016   Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival, Austria, 20 October – 2 November

2016   Trilogies LIVE HOME, Manchester, 16 June

2016   62nd Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 5-10 May 

2016   Videotage @ Art Basel Crowdfunding Lab Art Basel Hong Kong, 24-26 March

2009   Local Shorts Big Screen Waltham Forest, London

2008   Artists in the Archive Cornerhouse / Big Screen, Manchester

2006   Arcade screenings & events, Westbourne Studios, London

2006   Collective Rhythm Bigger Picture programme, Cornerhouse / Big Screen, Manchester

2002   No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith: A Night of Video The Central Space, London

2002   Big Screen in Little China projections, Home GMI Screen, London

2000   Test Lab Anarchy projections, Arthrob & Fabric Live, Fabric, London


2016   Golden featured in Margaret Garlake ed. Beaconsfield: Chronic Epoch (London: Black Dog Publishing) 144pp, ISBN13 9781908966575

2015   ‘Six Women – Art Vapours‘ visual/text essay with JC Kristensen, in Elisa Adami & Alessandra Ferrini eds, ‘In the Presence of Absence’, themed issue, Mnemoscape Magazine,, n.2

2013   ‘RoCH Fans & Legends (Entries)’ visual essay in Juliette Kristensen & Marquard Smith eds. Archives, special issue of Journal of Visual Culture (London, CA, New Delhi: Sage), v12 n3

2012   ‘Making Ways’ visual essay in Raiford Guins, Juliette Kristensen & susan pui san lok eds. Ways of Seeing – 40th Anniversary Issue, Journal of Visual Culture, v11 n2

2012   ‘Faster, Higher’ visual essay in Hilary Powell & Isaac Marrero eds. The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State (London: Marshgate Press) 302pp, 76 colour images, 216x152mm, paperback ISBN 9780957294301

2011   NEWS featured in Paperweight (London: Polygraphia) v1 n2

2011   Faster, Higher featured in Elisabetta Fabrizi ed. The BFI Gallery Book (London: BFI) 298pp, ISBN 978870282826, pp.75-84

2009   Faster, Higher Nina Ernst & susan pui san lok eds. (London: Film & Video Umbrella) 116pp, 243x169mm, full colour, hardback slip-case, essays by Chris Berry & Adrian Rifkin ISBN 9781904270294

2009   21: Discussions with Artists of Chinese Descent Ying Kwok ed. (Manchester: Chinese Arts Centre) 156pp, 202x200mm, full colour ISBN 9780954544041

2007   Golden (Notes) artist book (London: SPSL) 196pp, 180x180mm, full colour, with contribution by Sonia Boyce, Mimi Lok, Joanne Morra, Irit Rogoff, Naomi Siderfin, Rob Stone, Gilane Tawadros ISBN 9780955184925

2007   Journal of Visual Culture editor of special issue, Hong Kong, and other Returns, v6 n3

2006   ‘Translators’ Notes’ essay in Mieke Bal & Joanne Morra eds, Acts of Translation, special issue of Journal of Visual Culture, v6 n1

2006   ‘Anthony Key’ exhibition catalogue essay for Anthony Key (London: Unit 2 Gallery)

2005   ‘Artist’s Pages’ in Melanie Keen & Eileen Daly eds. Necessary Journeys (London: ACE)

2005   NEWS artist’s book (London: SPSL)

2005   ‘A – Y (Entries for an Inventionry of Dented ‘I’s)’ essay in David A. Bailey, Ian Baucom, Sonia Boyce eds., Shades of Black (London: inIVA, N. Carolina: Duke UP)

2005   ‘If You Were There’ exhibition catalogue essay for Mayling To: If You Were There (University of Hertfordshire: Margaret Harvey Gallery)

2005   ‘Outtakes’ essay in Dennis Atkinson & Paul Dash eds., Social and Critical Practices in Art Education (Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books)

2004/03   ‘Cruel / Loving Bodies’ essay in Sasha Welland, ed. Cruel / Loving Bodies exh. cat. (Shanghai: Duolun MoMA) & Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Arts, Fall 2003)

2003   ‘A – Y (Entries for an Inventionry of Dented ‘I’s)’ essay in Third Text, n62

2002   UA2 4 CD book compilation of soundworks, contributor (London: Underwood Audio)

2002   ‘Inglorious Food’ essay in Anthony Key exhibition catalogue (Bristol: Eddie Chambers)

2002   ‘Towards a Chinese British Isles, A Round Trip or 3333, Point 3 to Infinity: On Mileage and ‘British-Chinese’ art’ guest editor (1998-2004) v5 n1

2002   ‘PIDGIN: interrupted transmission’ exhibition review in Third Text, n59           

2001   ‘Trinh T. Minh-ha: Cinema Interval’ book review in Parallax, n19

2000   DEAL exhibition catalogue (London: BCWA)

2000   ‘Tailing TRACE/Y: The Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art’ exhibition review in Third Text, n49

1999   ‘Staging / Translating: Surname Viet Given Name Nam’ essay in Third Text, n46

1999   ‘Anthony Key’ essay in Empire & I exhibition catalogue (London: Terra Incognita)


2017   ‘Venice Around Town: A stroll through the off-site shows’, Matthew Mclean, Frieze, 16 May

2017   ‘Venice Biennale 57 From An Artist’s Perspective Hedley Roberts Picks Twelve‘ Hedley Roberts, Artlyst, 15 May

2017   ‘Venice 2017 review/ 26 recommended pavilions, shows and individual works’ Binita Walia, a-n The Artists Information Company, 15 May

2017   ‘Venice 2017 review/ Britain at the Biennale – from Phyllida’s folly to the Diaspora Pavilion’ Moira Jeffrey, a-n The Artists Information Company, 12 May

2017   ‘Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’ Caroline Douglas, Contemporary Art Society, 12 May

2017   ‘Rogue Pavilions Wrestle with Venice Biennale’s National Structure’ Hettie Judah, Artnet News, 9 May

2017   ‘New Nicholas Serota pavilion among this year’s Venice Biennale highlights’ Catherine Milner, Financial Times, 8 May

2017   ‘Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Venice‘ Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sotheby’s Blog, 3 May

2016   Return of the Condor Heroes and Other Narratives Beccy Kennedy, Third Text, Aug

2016   ‘RoCH Redux‘ Alice Ming-wai Jim, Yishu, no.75, July/Aug 2016

2016   ‘Wuxia Makes Me Nervous‘ Henry Tsang, Yishu, no.75, July/Aug 2016

2016  ‘ “An epic screening of a work based on epic source material” — The Big Interview: susan pui san lok’ Linda Pittwood, The Double Negative, June 2016

2016   ‘Here We Are: What does ‘Chinese’ mean as an artistic category in Britain today? En Liang Khong, Frieze, issue 179, May

2016   ‘A Minor Juridical Disturbance in the Global Archive: susan pui san lok’s RoCH Fans Marquard Smith, MaHKUscript. Journal of Fine Art Research, v1, n.1, 15 January

2015   ‘Guangzhou & Shenzhen flex their biennial muscles’ Lisa Movius, The Art Newspaper, 10 December

2015   ‘Now Showing #115: This week’s top exhibitions‘ a-n, 28 September

2015   ‘This week’s new exhibitions: Susan Pui San Lok, Prem Sahib, Anj Smith, Melanie Manchot, Marcus Coates, Ai Weiwei, Brass ArtGuardian Guide 19 September

2015   ‘Five things in Derby you shouldn’t miss this weekend Derby Telegraph  18 September

2015   ‘Chinese mythology, the Condor Trilogy and martial arts explored in QUAD exhibition RoCH Fans and Legends Derby Telegraph  11 September

2015   ‘Interview with susan pui san

2014   Arts visuels – Faster, Higher: le sport au service de l’art Milly Alexandra, Querelles,, posted 23 April

2012   ‘The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State’ Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian, 31 July

2012   ‘The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London’s Olympic State – review’ Sarah Birch, Hackney Citizen, 17 July

2012   ‘Everything Flows’ Skye Sherwin, The Guardian Guide, 30 June – 6 July

2009   ‘Can You Take Sport And Art Mix In Your Stride?’   David Whetstone, The Journal, 16 September

2008   ‘Top Five Galleries’ John Russell Taylor, The Times, 23 August

2008   ‘Double Vision, Five Rings’ James Kidd, South China Morning Post, Sunday 6 July

2008   ‘susan pui san lok: Faster, HigherSajiid Rizvi, Eastern Art Report

2007   ‘Chisenhale Biennale’ a-n magazine, November

2006   ‘susan pui san lok: Journeys, Documenting, Indexing, Archives, and Practice-led Research’ conversation with Marquard Smith, Art Journal, Winter issue, v65 n4

2006   ‘Golden’ Adele Tan, Third Text, n82

2006   ‘Golden’ Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 3 – 9 June

2006   ‘susan pui san lok: Golden’ Catherine Moseley, a-n magazine, May & June issues

2005   ‘Reassurance’ Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide, 30 July – 5 August

2005   ‘Reassuringly Unsure’ Tim Birch, City Life, July

2005   ‘Take Another Look’ Lucie Davies, Metro (Manchester edition), 29 July

2005   ‘Reassurance’ Martin Herbert, Time Out, 9 – 16 March, n1803

2005   ‘Reassurance’ BBC London feature, 24 February

2004   ‘On Curating Cruel / Loving BodiesSasha Su-ling Welland,Yishu, Winter issue

2004   ‘Cruel/Loving Bodies’ Xenia Tetmajer von Przerwa, Asian Art News, v14 n5

2003   ‘The Translator’s Notes’ Sara Harrison, Art Monthly n266

2002   ‘Elements of Drawing Blind’ Julian Stallabrass,  v5 n1

2002   ‘Contemporary Chinese Arts in the International Arena’ Anthony Leung, Ming Pao Monthly (HK) June issue

2000   ‘Ethnicities On The Move’ Diana Yeh, Critical Quarterly v42 n2

1999    ‘DEAL’ Mark Hooper, i-D  July n199

Broadcast Media

2012    The Weekend Strand interview on Lightness, BBC World Service, 15 July

2008    Newsnight interview on the Beijing Olympics, 8 August

2007    BBC Radio Manchester interview on DIY Ballroom/Live, 12 October


2016    Now and Then, Here and There Conference, AHRC Black Artists and Modernism, Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL / Clore auditorium, Tate Britain, 6-8 October

2016    Kung Fury: Contemporary Debates in Martial Arts Cinema Symposium, AHRC Martial Arts Studies Network, Birmingham City University, 1 April

2015    Martial Arts Studies Conference, with Luke White, Cardiff University, 10-12 June

2015    How to See the World Panel discussion & book launch, with Nicholas Mirzeoff, Jon Bird, Sonia Boyce, Nadja Milner-Larsen, ICA, London 4 June

2015    (In)Direct Speech: ‘Chineseness’ in Contemporary Art Symposium, University of Lisbon, 16-19 March

2014    Thinking with Berger Conference, with Juliette Kristensen, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 4-5 September

2014    Mega Events & Culture: Arts & Artists Engagement in Events-based Regeneration, Resistance & Research Regional Studies Association, Research Seminar, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 17 June

2014    Image – Movement – Story Conference, University of Roehampton, 14 June

2014    SPSL / A to Y Public Lecture, MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturels / University of Concordia, Montreal QC, 12 April

2013    Inter-Asian Connections IV Conference, in the strand Contemporary Art and the Inter-Asian Imaginary’, Koç University, Istanbul. Co-organized and co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Institute of Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore (NUS), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Yale University, Göttingen University and Koç University, 2-5 October

2012    Everything Flows: On Balance Panel Discussion chaired by Quentin Cooper, with Morten Kringelbach, Nicky Clayton, Elsa Bradley and Dryden Goodwin. Featuring a dance performance by Subathra Subramaniam, De La Warr Pavilion roof terrace, 21 July

2012    Everything Flows: Artist Talk in conversation with Stephen Mumford and Heather Corcoran, De La Warr Pavilion, 15 July

2012   Incursions and Subversions: Art’s Response to London’s Olympic Dreams Panel Discussion, with Julian Walker, Alistair Siddons and John Wynne, Free Word Centre, London, 12 July

2011   Contesting ‘British Chinese’ Culture  Conference, Speaker & Session Chair, University of Reading, UK, 24-25 September

2010   Making the Cut Artist Talk, part of Film and Video Umbrella’s Free to Air programme, Stratford Picturehouse, London, 26 October

2010   Visual Culture Studies Conference, Session Chair, University of Westminster, London, 27-29 May

2010   Beyond the Academy: Exhibition as Research Conference, Speaker, Tate Britain, London, 14 May

2010   Tables of Thought European Artist Research Network Seminar, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, 27-29 April

2009   Something Old, Something New Conversation with Vicki Bennett, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, Great North Run Cultural Programme, 16 September

2009   The Spectre of China Symposium, University of Westminster, London, 23 June

2009   This is China Jiangsu Festival Talks Programme, Firstsite, Colchester, 26 February

2008   Location: the Museum, the Academy, and the Studio 34th AAH Annual Conference, Speaker in the session, ‘Archival Impulse: Location and No-Place’, Tate Britain, 2-4 April

2008   Matters of Perception: Articulating Hybridity Inaugural Gertz Distinguished Teaching Series, Guest Lecturer, Alfred University, New York, 28-29 January

2007   Urban Screens Conference, Panelist, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 11-14 October

2007   Summit: Non-aligned Initiatives in Education Culture Conference, Panelist, Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin

2006  Encounter, Curiosity and Method: The Making of Practice  Conference, Speaker, Tate Britain, London, 27 October

2005   Necessary Journeys Conference, Speaker, Tate Modern, London, 11-12 November

2005   trAIN (Transnational Art, Identity, Nation) Research Seminar, Guest Speaker, University of the Arts, London

2004   On Being A Critic Discussion, Panelist, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

2004   Place: Aesthetics, Politics, Poetics Conference, Speaker, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London

2004   A Free State Conference, Panelist, British Museum/Arts Council England, London

2003   Artist as Researcher Symposium, Speaker, Goldsmiths College, London

2003   CAA (College Art Association) 91st Annual Conference Speaker in the session, ‘Multiculturalism and Art in the Colonial/Postcolonial Age’, New York

2002   BCAA (British Chinese Artists Association) Artists’ Corner Artist’s Talk, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2002   Contemporary Chinese Art in the International Arena Conference, Session Chair and Speaker, British Museum, London

2002   PIDGIN: interrupted transmission Gallery Talk, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

2001   Shades of Black: Assembling the Eighties Conference, Speaker, Duke University, North Carolina

2000   A Dirty Space? Panelist, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London