Susan Philipsz


This interview is part of  the Artists in Profile series of films produced by The National Galleries of Scotland that explore the ideas, materials and processes of contemporary artists working today.
The artist on her exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz Night and Fog in 2016.  The exhibition is inspired by the the 1955 French documentary Night and Fog by Alain Resnais reconstructing the deportations to Auschwitz and Majdanek. Using the score by Hanns Eisler’s soundtrack for the film, voices of four instruments; bass clarinet, clarinet, horns and violin are deconstructed by tone.
The artist discusses the piece War Damaged Musical instruments (Pair) commissioned by the Kunsthistorisches Museum for the Theseus Temple. The work is a recording of deconstructed tones of a military tune played on twin horns damaged in the war.
Public Art (Now) interview elaborates the artist’s work and the exhibition As Many As Will at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
The Distant Sound is a recording of a hornist playing each tone of radio interval signals and then have them transmitted out into three seperate frequencies.
Lowlands 2008-2010 installed under three bridges iover the River Clyde in Glasgow. Lowlands was the winner of  the Turner Prize 2010. The artist sings three verions of the song Lowlands Away.
Susan Philipsz discusses the feeling of tension in the painting  The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger and her piece Air on a Broken String 
  If I With You Would Go site specific installation fat the Peabody Essex Museum for their FreePort project. The work is inspired by the ballad the House Carpenter (The Demon Lover) by folklorist Francis Child. 

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