photo by Nick Ash

Susan Philipsz

My work deals with the spatial properties of sound and with the relationships between sound and architecture. I am particularly interested in the emotive and psychological properties of sound and how it can be used as a device to alter individual consciousness. I have used sound as a medium in public spaces to trigger an awareness in the listener, to temporarily alter their perception of themselves in a particular place and time.

Born 1965 Glasgow, Lives and works in Berlin

2010 Won Turner Prize

1999 PT Lecturer at the University of Ulster

1993 – 1994 University of Ulster, Belfast M.A. Fine Art

1989 – 1993 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art BA Fine Art Sculpture

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Solo Exhibitions


“Susan Philipsz”, Pulitzer Art Foundation St Louis

“White Flood”, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand



“I See a Darkness”, The Tanks, Tate Modern, London

“The Yellow Wallpaper”, Belsay Hall, Northumberland, UK

“The Voices, Heldenplatz”, Haus der Geschichte Österreich, Vienna

“Separated Strings”, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden



“A Single Voice”, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

“Susan Philipsz”, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

“Lost in Space”, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm



“Returning”, Kunstverein Hannover

“Night and Fog”, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

“Part File Score”, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington



“War Damaged Musical Instruments”, Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain, London

“Follow Me, various locations Genoa”, Museo de Arte Contemporana Villa Croce, Genoa

“War Damaged Musical Instruments (Pair)”, Theseus Temple, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

“As Many As Will”, Hauser & Wirth Somerset



“The Distant Sound”, various venues, Denmark, Sweden Norway

“Part File Score”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin



“The Missing String”, K21 Ständehaus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf



“The River Cycle”, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo

“Close To Me”, Palazzo Reale, Milan

“It Means Nothing To Me”, Mizuma Gallery, Beijing,



“You Are Not Alone”, Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin

“We Shall Be All”, MCA Chicago

Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen



“Surround Me; A Song Cycle for the City of London”, Artangel, London

“When Day Closes”, IHME Project 2010, commission for Pro Arte Foundation, Helsinki

“Lowlands”, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow

“I See a Darkness”, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

“We Shall Be All”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

“The Nameless”, Donaukanal Project, Vienna, Austria



Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“The Shortest Shadow”, Wexner Centre for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

“Appear to Me”, Silo Monastery, Burgos, Spain, curated by Lynn Cooke and commmissioned by Museo Nacional Centre de Arte Reina Sofia

“Lowlands”, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

“Long Gone”, CoCA, Torun, Poland

“Carried by the Winds”, Radcliffe Observatory, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

“From a Distance”, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, UK



“I See a Darkness”, Jarla Partilager, Stockholm, Sweden

“Here Comes Everybody”, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

“Susan Philipsz”, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin

“Alpine Architecture (with Monica Sosnowska)”, Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil

“More Than This”, Juan Miro Foundation Gardens, Palma de Majorca, Spain

Yale Art Gallery Commission, New Haven, CT

“Out of Bounds: Susan Philipsz”, ICA-Institute of Contemporary Art, London

“Susan Philipsz”, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain



“Did I Dream You Dreamed About Me”, Mitzuma Gallery, Tokyo

“Susan Philipsz”, Santiago de Compostella, Spain

“Susan Philipsz”, Art Statements Basel, Basel



“There is Nothing Left Here”, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin

Special Project, ARCO Art Fair, Madrid

“Reception 3 (with Robert Barry)”, Buro Friedrich, Berlin

“Susan Philipsz”, Appendiks, Copenhagen



“The Glass Track (with Robert Barry)”, Bufreidrich, Berlin

“Stay With Me”, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo



“Susan Philipsz”, Kunstverein Arnsberg. E.V, Arnsberg

“Susan Philipsz”, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam

“Let Us Take You There (with Paul Rooney)”, Site Gallery, Sheffield



“Susan Philipsz”, 38 Langham St, London



“Wild as the Wind”, Comb of the Winds, DAE, San Sebastian

“Cast Together in ‘C'”, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

“Susan Philipsz”, Womens Library Commission, London Susan Philipsz, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam

“Pledge”, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin



“Tomorrow Belongs To Me”, Stadtlabor, Lueburg



“I Remember You”, The Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast

“Some Place Else (with Mary McIntyre)”, Consortium Gallery, Amsterdam

“It Means Nothing To Me”, The New Art Gallery Walsal



“Red Standard (with Eoghan McTigue)”, The New Works Gallery, Chicago



“Strip Tease”, The Annual Programme, Manchester



“Susan”, Barbara, Joan and Sarah: A Song Apart Context Gallery, Derry, Ireland

“Metropola”, commissioned by the Quarter club and HTBA Tesco Metro, Manchester



“Collaborate (with Emma Neilson)”, Context Gallery, Derry, Ireland

Group Exhibitions


“Machines à Penser “, Fondazione Prada, Venice

“Divided We Stand “, Busan Biennial, Busan, Korea

“Revolt and Revolutions “, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK



“Moving is in Every Direction “, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

“Soundtracks “, SF MoMA, San Francisco



“The Distant Unknown “, OCAT, Shanghai

“Wanderlust “, The High Line, New York



“Saltwater “, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul

“Soundscapes “, The National Gallery London

“Parasophia “, Kyoto



“Manifesta 10 “, St. Petersburg



“Soundings “, A Contemporary Score, MoMA, New York



dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel



“Freeze “, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

“Quiet Attentions: When Attitude Turns into Beauty “, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower, Mito, Japan

Estuaire, Nantes, Saint Nazaire, France, permanent installation



“ESPECTRAL (Spectral) “, Centro Galego de Arte Contempor疣ea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

“Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum “, Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, New York

“Haunted “, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

“Everything is connected: research and investigations into art of the past decade through the collection “, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Italy

“Human Condition: On Empathy and Emancipation “, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria

“The Summer Bazaar “, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

“You Are Not Alone “, Museum of Modern Art, Brondo Sculpture Park, Warsaw, Poland

“Woods So Wild “, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

The 29th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil

“Turner Prize “, Tate Britain, London

“RES PUBLICA “, The Modern Art Center of The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal



“Mirrors “, curated by Gyonata Bonvicini, MARCO-Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Vigo, Spain

“The Quick and the Dead “, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, curated by Peter Eleey

“Le sang d’un poete “, Estuaire Nantes/Saint Nazaire Biennale, France

“The Past in the Present “, LABoral Centro de Arte, Gij, Spain

“The Collection “, Siobhan Davies Dance & Victoria Miro Gallery, London

“PLOT/09: This World & Nearer Ones “, Public Project for Governor’s Island produced in conjunction with Creative Time, New York, NY

“Quizas me puedas contar orta historia “, Caceres, Spain

“1989 “, Ende der Geschichte oder Beginn der Zukunft, Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna

“Een Dijk van een Kunst “, The Netherlands



“Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International “, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

“Sound of Music “, Marrs Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht

“God and Goods “, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Codroipo

“Tales of Time and Space “, Folkstone Triennial, Folkstone

“Revolutions- Forms That Turn “, Sydney Biennale, Sydney

“Unknown Pleasures “, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen U Turn, Copenhagen Triennale, Copenhagen



“Skulptur Projekte Muenster 07 “, Muenster

“for REE “, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, California

“Madrid Abierto “, Madrid

“Unmonumental “, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York

Busan Biennale, Busan



“Of Mice and Men “, 4th Berlin Biennale, Berlin

“The Gallery Show “, Extra City, Antwerp

“The Grand Promenade “, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

“Ars 06 “, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Special Projects, ARCO, Madrid

“Film Festival “, Argos, Brussels

“Live Radio Project; Radio Waves Goodbye “, Hidden Rythms, Nijmegen



“Migration Project “, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Koln

“A Bridge, a River, and a Dead Zone “, Nicosia, Cyprus

“ADAM “, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam

“Hidden Rhythms “, Paraplufabriek, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Guangzhou Triennale, Guangzhou, China

“Our Surroundings “, New Commission, Dundee Contemporary

Turin Triennale, church of Santa Crux, Rivoli Argos Festival, Brussels

“Leaps of Faith New Commission “, Nicosia, Cyprus Arts, Dundee



“The Stars Are So Big “, The Earth is So Small….Stay As You Are, Esther Schipper, Berlin

“I Feel Mysterious Today “, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach

Beck’s Future Prize 2004, CCA, Glasgow

“Pass The Time of Day “, Maryron Park, London

Berlin Art Forum, Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Berlin

“Platform “, Istanbul

“Depicting Love “, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

“Space to Face “, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Muenster

“Berlin North “, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

“Beck’s Futures 2004 “, ICA Galleries, London



“Susan Philipsz “, Paul Pfeiffer, Brian Fridge, Art Pace Foundation, San Antonio/Texas

“The Echo Show “, Tramway, Glasgow

“Days Like These “, The Triennial of British Art, Tate Britain, London

“The Moderns “, Museo d’arte Contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli, Turin

“Smart Projects “, Amsterdam



“FreeSpace “, Z 33 Museum, Hasselt, Belgium

“Groove “, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield

“Band Wagon Jumping “, The International 3, Manchester

“Strike “, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

“Islands and Aeroplanes “, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin

ArtForum Berlin, Ellen De Breine Projects

“Untitled “, Synagogue of Ostia Antica, Rome

“Loop “, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

“Ziggy Stardust “, The Music In Me, GAK, Bremen

“The Dead “, International Exhibitionist, Curzon cinema, Soho, London

“Ziggy Stardust “, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon

“One Fine Day in Berlin “, K34, Berlin



“The Internationale Loop “, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York

“I Remember You “, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Bratislava

“Battle of Algieres: Small Steps “, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

“Total Object Complete with Missing Parts “, Tramway, Glasgow

“Tomorrow Belongs To Me “, PS1 Show, The Clocktower, New York

The Glen Dimplex Awards, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

“Victor “y, The International Language, Grassy Knoll Productions, Belfast

“Filter “, Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania

“I Remember You (Sloan/ Philipsz/ McTigue) “, The Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg

“The Internationale Loop “, Kunsthalle The Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich

“New York New Sounds “, Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon



“The Internationale Manifesta 3 “, Ljubljana, Slovenia

“The Internationale “, Kunst-Werke, Berlin

“Susan, Barbara, Joan and Sarah “, The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

“It Means Nothing to Me “, The New Gallery, Walsal, England

“Christmas Carol “, Annual Show, Proposition Gallery, Belfast

“It Means Nothing to Me, Girl “, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

“Company “, Small Steps, Context Gallery, Derry, Ireland

“Susan, Barbara, Joan and Sarah “, The Ellipse Gallery, Arlington Virginia

“Susan, Barbara, Joan and Sarah “, The Laing Gallery, Newcastle



“Signs Of Life “. Melbourne International Biennial

“Filter “, Infusion multi media festival, Limerick.

“Filter “, Signs Of Life. Melbourne International Biennial, Australia.

“Internationale “, Multiplex 3, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.

“Visualisation “, Barbie on The Beach? Proposition Gallery, Belfast.

“Audiophfile “, Nomads Website, sonicart exhibition, Washington.

“Internationale “, 7 Vinyl record for sound installation as part of TOOT (Totally Out of Tune) commissioned by HTBA, Hull.

“Filter “, My Eye Hurts, The Corner House,Manchester

“Alone is not Lonely “, Milieux, Le Lieu, Quebec City,Quebec.

“Filter & I Remember You “, My Eye Hurts, Thread Waxing, New York.

“Lengua De Trapo “, Lae. Sferazul, Internationale, Valencia.

“Filter “, Infusion multi media festival, Limerick.

“Untitled “, Sonic SeaAir, Brighton Bandstand.

“I Remeber You “, Red Standard, The Idaho Gallery, Chicago.



“Alone is Not Lonely “, Perspectives 98, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

“Filter, Resonate “, The Laganside Bus Centre, Belfast.

“Audiophfile “, Nomads Website, sonicart exhibition, Washington.

“2 Part Harmony “, Happenstance, The Engine Room, Belfast.

“Red Shift, Ev+A 98 “, St Michael’s Church, Limerick .

“The Dark side of Pleasure “, Radar, Hendersons Warehouse, Dundee.

“Santa Lucia, Reverend Todd’s Full House (in collaboration with Peter McCaughey) ” at the Queens Film Theatre, Belfast.

“Susan, Barbara, Joan and Sarah “, Belltable Gallery, Limerick.

“I Buried a Sound Deep in the Ground “, Proposition Gallery, Belfast.



“Metropola “, co-commissioned by the W&L International and Hull Time

“Based Arts “, Tesco Metro supermarket, Manchester.

“10pm-2am “, Museum of the Twentieth Century, Catalyst Arts

“European Couples and Others “, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

“Do You Get It? “, New York Art Fair, organised by Catalyst Arts

“Do We Need an Aether at All? “, Fast, BoBo’s Gallery, London.

“Untitled (3-5dB) Waterfront “, Waterfront concert Hall, Belfast.

“Red Shift “, Limits of Silence, The Pierce Institute, Glasgow.

“Day for Night “, The Directors Show, Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

“Outstanding In Our Field “, Design Centre, London Art Fair.

“Splatter “, one night event, Crawfordsburn House, Crawfordsburn, Co. Antrim.

“Air on a G String “, Fix 96, multi media Festival, Belfast.



“Only In the Dark “, The Bedroom Gallery, Belfast.

“Baby Talk, House Style “, The Bedroom Gallery, Belfast.

“Two Part Harmony, Ev+A 96 ” , guest curator Guy Tortosa, Limerick.

“Coming Home… Vaguely Unfamiliar “, Imaginaire Irlandais Postcard Project.

“Bluebeards Back Room “, Showing Off, The Zone Gallery, Newcastle.



“Art Rebels! Members Show “, Catalyst Arts.

“Meltdown, Beyond Borders Plus “, The Glass works, Derry.

“Two Part Harmony, Barrage “, Design Centre, Belfast.



“Fix “, sound and performance collaboration with Duncan Campbell, Belfast.

“Hit and Run “, Wilmont House, Lady Dixon Park, Belfast.

“MA Traveling Show “, The Guinness Hop store, Dublin.


2017 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) University of Dundee, Scotland

2016 Global Fine Art Award winner for War Damaged Musical Instruments at Tate Britain 2015

2015 Villa Aurora Artist Fellowship, Los Angeles

2014 OBE Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to British Art

2010 Turner Prize Winner

2007 Prize Pilar Juncosa I Sotheby’s 2007

Public Collection

Tate, London

Nationalgalerie, Berlin

SF MoMA, San Francisco

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington

Fondation Beyeler, Basel

Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis

MCA Chicago

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Ludwig Museum, Köln

Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL), Münster

Castello di Rivoli, Turin

Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Palazzo Reale, Milan

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

MONA, Hobart

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, Kentucky

Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo.


Susan Philipsz, Lost in Space, Art & Theory Publishing, 2017

Susan Philipsz, Night and Fog, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2016

Susan Philipsz, Follow Me, Humboldt Books, 2015

Susan Philipsz, The Distant Sound, Art & Theory Publishing, 2014

Susan Philipsz, The Missing String, K21, Verlag Kettler, 2014

Susan Philipsz, You Are Not Alone, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014

Susan Philipsz, Appear to Me, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2009

Susan Philipsz, When Day Closes, Pro Arte Foundation, 2010

Susan Philipsz, I See a Darkness, Jarla Partilager, 2009

Susan Philipsz, Modern Art Oxford, 2009

Susan Philipsz, There Is Nothing Left Here, with 12” vinyl CGAC, 2008

Susan Philipsz, Stay With Me, Malmö Konsthall, 2005

Susan Philipsz Ziggy Stardust, CD, Pork Salad Press, 2004