Susan Philipsz (b. 1965, Glasgow) is a Scottish Sound artist who was recently awarded the 2010 Turner Prize. Her pieces are usually (but not always, see You are Not Alone below, and discussion of Marconi and the aural landscape of radio) focused on her own singing of historically loaded a cappella versions of songs which are replayed in specific architectural locations or within aurally definitive spaces. Though haunting and bordering on the ephemeral/transcendental “voice” her works excavate the social/historical/economic values of the locations (which can be specific to a locale or encompass an entire culture) and detail the constructions and intersections which occur in the place of self, architecture and channels of community.
Below, to give you an idea of Philipsz’s direction, is a very general interview (the first video below), and few uncommented upon pieces themselves, and lastly, pieces and with her commentary on them where one can entertain the pathways of meanings tiered within the voice and the responding environment.
General Interview with the Carnegie International2008
Lowlands, 2009, Junger Ankauf Germany. Excerpt of piece
Out of Bounds, 2008 ICA London
Check out these Pieces which are both 2010 : “The Shallow Sea”, Guggenheim Museum 2010
“I See A Darkness” New York, 2010
You Are Not Alone, 2009, Radciiffe Observatory, England. Piece and Philipsz discussion
When Day Closes, 2010. Helsinki Finland work talked about by Susan Philipsz.