Susan Trangmar

Profile image of Reader in fine art Co-convenor of sensingsite research group

Reader in fine art Co-convenor of sensingsite research group

Central Saint Martins


Susan studied BA Hons Sculpture at Saint Martins School of Art (now Central Saint Martins). She was a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome in 1996 and was shortlisted for the European Photography Prize in 1998. She was appointed AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts in 2000 and has received grants from the Arts Council England, AHRC, British Council, Henry Moore Fellowship and number of commissioning bodies. Her work has been exhibited since the early 1980s both in the UK and internationally including Biennales in France, Israel, Greece and Estonia.

Susan currently supervises and examines PhD students at UAL, and as co-convenor with Steven Ball of the research group sensing site at Central Saint Martin has organised a number of research events and seminars. Susan also works on the MA Fine Art at CSM, bridging two levels of postgraduate study.

Research interests

Image, text, and sound works exploring practices of space and temporality in relation to site, landscape and place. Post-Darwinian nature- culture relationships and the Anthropocene. Practices of everyday life and public space. Theories of duration.  Intertextuality and poetics of representation.

Research statement

My early training in sculpture and photography has developed into a practice exploring the production of landscape, place and site through lens based practices, sound and text. I have worked with issues of the practice of space and theories of temporality in contexts of lived places, architectural sites and landscapes both urban and rural to produce mixed media installations and performative events. More recently, alongside lens based and sound works, I have published experimental essays which explore the writing process as both a constitutive part of my research and an element of the practice which asks the question, ‘what makes an ‘image’ possible’?

This question is addressed through an understanding of the processes and technologies of the creative process as an ongoing 'construction site' in which source material is recomposed and re-materialised for different contexts and audiences. Current research returns to questions of topology and materiality in the context of the Anthropocene.


Current students and thesis titles

Eva Bensasson, Collective Urban Memory – Art & Fictional Histories.

Fagner Bibiano Alves, Out of Sight: Investigating Perverse Desire Through Photographic Practice.

Andrea Muendelein, Shifting territories and the place of encounter: representation of the stranger in contemporary photography.

Completed students and thesis titles

Katja Hock, ‘The Body in the Institutionalised Space: An Investigation of the Place of the Individual in the Modern Hospital through a Photographic Practice which refers to German Photographic Discourses’.

Dean Kelland, 'Flawed Masculinities: Rupturing British TV Sitcom Via a Performance Led Interdisciplinary Arts Practice'.

Project awards, and grants

Rome Scholarship in Fine Art, 1996

Arts Council and Henry Moore Foundation, 1999

AHRB Research Fellow in Fine Art, 2000

Arts Council of England Arts Award, 2002

AHRC grants in the Visual Arts, 2004 (Small grants)

Visiting Fellow at European Centre for Photographic Research, University of South Wales at Newport, 2004-5

Commission Photoworks, 2006

Commission Diaphane, 2015

Selected research outputs