Susan Trangmar

Fine Art Programme; Tutor, MA Fine Art

My practice based research concerns image, text and sound based installations exploring practices of space, temporality and theories of duration in relation to landscape and place. Post-Darwinian nature- culture relationships. Urban Imaginary; practices of everyday life and public space.  Intertextuality and poetics of representation. Consistent concerns include theories of visuality; theories of duration and spatiality, the materiality of light and processes of material translation. These concerns find their subject in the relationships between landscape, place and site and in particular the evolving relationships between concepts of Nature and Culture through practices of the local and the everyday.

 The place of research within my arts practice is developed through an understanding of the process of work as an organic, ongoing 'construction site' in which source material is recomposed and re-materialised for different contexts and audiences. In this regard, I am interested in expanding the potential of the pedagogical research event as itself a valuable site of art practice and dialogical enquiry.

As part of my role as Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, I currently supervise five PhD students, having supervised two PhDs to completion and have examined six PhD students to date. I run a research programme of seminars and events  ‘sensingsite’ for PhD students to which MA students are invited and I mentor MAFA students who are considering further postgraduate study.

My work is shown internationally, most recently : In Passing in England, Canada and France 2012-14; A Play in Time in France and the UK 2008-2012; Shifting Terrains series in Belgium and the England 2005 – 14; A Question of Distance in Greece, Israel, Palestine and the UK 2003-6.

I was Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome in 1996 and was shortlisted for the European Photography Prize in 2008. She was appointed AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts in 2000, Research Fellow in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2003 and Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2009. I was Associate Professor in Fine Art at Trondheim Kunstakademie, Norway from 2007- 2009. I have received grants from the Arts Council England, AHRC, British Council, Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council London.  

Research profile:Susan Trangmar

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