(b. 1965, Glasgow, UK)
Susan Philipsz creates subtle yet immersive installations in which the artist's unaccompanied voice is the central element. Engaged with the notion of sound as a physical or sculptural experience, Philipsz is best known for recording herself singing unaccompanied versions of popular songs or folk ballads which she replays in public spaces, or in a gallery. Responding to the character or architecture of a space or place and drawing from musical, literary and historical sources, her works often stimulate a heightened sense of spatial awareness, emotion and memory. Whether installed on a riverbank, in an ancient Greek temple, under Glasgow's railway bridges, or in the City of London, her works allow listeners to experience space and place in an entirely new way. 'I work with sound but that sound is always installed in a particular context and that context with its architecture, lighting and ambient noises forms the entire experience of the artwork,' she explains. 'It is a visual, aural and emotive landscape.'
This class explores, in the artist's words, 'the emotive effects of song; how it can trigger memory and redefine a place.'
Philipsz opens the session with a short presentation of her work before leading a sound workshop exploring some of the more public areas of the Hayward Gallery, including its stairwells and rooftop terraces.
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Room 3
Duration: 3 hours