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Prof Susan Collins
Slade School of Fine Art
University College London
Gower Street
Tel: 020 7679 2313
Fax: 020 7679 7801
  • Professor of Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Born in London I received my BA (hons) Fine Art from the Slade School in 1987 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar in the early 1990's. I was appointed to set up Electronic Media at the Slade in 1995, founding the UCL Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art in the same year becoming Head of Electronic Media (until 2010).
I served as Head of the Undergraduate Fine Art Media area from 2005-10 and Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2009-10. I became Head of Department and Director of the School in 2010 (until 2018) and Slade Professor from 2013 (until 2018).

I am on sabbatical leave for the academic year 2018-19.

Research Summary
A practitioner in the field of new and emerging media art since the late 1980’s, my early research centred on site and situation specific works exploring interactivity and human behaviour, culminating in a PhD exploring the role of the viewer in the realisation of the work in 2001. Key works of the 1990s included: Introductory Exchanges; Pedestrian Gestures; Audiozone; Touched; Suspect Devices and In Conversation  - a www/gallery/street installation which brought together the public space of the street with the parallel public space of the internet.

still from Glenlandia 2005-7

The work since 2001 has developed the 'remote' aspects first explored in In Conversation through a series of works exploring transmission, networking and time as primary materials including  Transporting Skies which transported sky (and other phenomena) live between Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance in Cornwall and Site Gallery Sheffield in Yorkshire; Fenlandia and Glenlandia - live year long pixel by pixel internet transmissions from remote landscapes; The Spectrascope, an ongoing live pixel by pixel transmission from a haunted house; Seascape a solo show for the De La Warr Pavilion which simultaneously recorded a panoramic series of Seascapes pixel by pixel over the course of a year from the South East Coast of England and Wembury & Woolacombecommissioned by Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (RAMM) with the support of the National Trust. 

Still from Seascape 2009

Other work since 2001 includes the BAFTA nominated Tate in Space commissioned for Tate Online and Love Brid, an animated short film commissioned by Animate Projects. The work is exhibited nationally and internationally with group exhibitions in the UK, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Tasmania, U.S.A, Mexico, Peru, Turkey and Thailand. Public commissions include a wildlife surveillance system for Sarah Wigglesworth Architects’s RIBA award winning Classroom of the FutureUnderglow, a network of illuminated drains for the Corporation of London, and  Brighter Later a light installation driven by live weather data at the Radcliffe Observatory, commissioned by Tracing Venus, the University of Oxford's Public Art Programme.

The most recent pixel based work is LAND 2017 (detail/still below) a view across the Palestinian West Bank towards the Jordanian Mountains from Jerusalem. 

Still from Land

Academic Background
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Fine Art University of Reading
1987 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Fine Art University College London
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