Staff Profile:Professor Susanne Clausen


Professor Susanne Clausen

Position / Job Title:

Professor in Art

  • Head of Department
  • Co-Director Reading International
  • Co-Director of the Research Platform in Curating
    International Exchange Projects
Areas of Interest:

Video, Installation, Performance, Drawing, Curating.

Research groups / Centres:

My art practice involves performances, videos and multi-media installations, incorporating performative and interactive media practices and text. In these works the performance and the exhibition are a site for post or meta-production in which the stream of film and performance images becomes redirected into the realms of critical thought. Installations resonate theatrical film sets and stages, where the development of the work can be experienced. Performers and actors are choreographed within these sets, enacting movements and text, thus generating a structure of social, cultural and political references and associations within the work.

I work and publish predominantly under the name Szuper Gallery, often in collaboration with the artist Pavlo Kerestey. Initially running Szuper Gallery as a tool to develop formal vocabularies that extend and define the concept of a gallery project.

Previous exhibitions and performances include Bonobo GRAD London, (2015), Liquid Trust, ICA London (2015) and Western Front Vancouver (2014), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia (2012); Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2012); The MacKenzie Art Gallery, Canada (2011); Curtain Razors, Regina, Canada, 2008; 4'33'', Kunstverein Bregenz, 2007; Kunsthalle Helsinki, 2006; Set Project, Western Front Vancouver, 2005; Play without a Stage, Shedhalle Zurich, 2005; Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2002;Temporary Accomodation, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2001; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2005; Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich, 2002; Televisions, Kunsthalle Vienna, 1999.

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  • 1997-1999 MA Fine Art Media Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London
  • 1988-1994 Academy of Fine Art, Munich, Germany

Postgraduate Supervision: 

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students who would like to work on such topics as: research in and through art practice, film and video, filmed and live performance, digital practice, collective practice(s), theatre as art, contemporary feminism, political art, alternative spaces, curating and who have an interest in the Research Platform in Curating.

Research Platform in Curating

Practice-based PhD in Curating: A co-operation between the Department of Art at the University of Reading (UK) with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts, Department of Cultural Analysis, Zurich University of the Arts (CH).

Reading International

Reading International is Reading's new contemporary visual arts organisation promoting and commissioning major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows, a programme of events including performances, film screenings, workshops and talks as well as offsite projects and temporary public artworks.


Contact Details

0118 3788050

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