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Susan Trangmar

Reader, MA Fine Art
Central Saint Martins
Susan  Trangmar


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

My early training in sculpture and photography has developed into an interdisciplinary practice exploring the production of space through genres 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 readings and events. More recently, alongside lens based and sound works, I have published 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 enquiry into the cognitive processes and technologies of art practice as part of an ongoing 'construction site' in which methodologies of practice respond to contexts and audiences.

My research interests include:Philosophies of the Image. Interdisciplinary 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. Material Culture. Theories of duration. Intertextuality and poetics of representation.

I currently teach as studio tutor on the MA Fine Art course and run ‘Sounds and Spaces’ a project which investigates the reception and production of sound as part of a mixed media artistic practice. As part of my role as Reader in Fine Art at CSM I currently supervise and examine at PhD level and co-organize a research group ‘sensingsite’ and mentor MAFA students who are considering further postgraduate study.

Recent published texts include  ‘ A Forest of Signs’ Photography and Culture 2012; ‘A Divided Glance : A Dialogue Between the Photographic Project “A Forest of Signs” and the Figure of the Tree in Virginia Woolfs Writing’ The Literary London Journal 2013; ‘Wandering Shards’ Journal of Philosophy of Photography5 (2) 2014; ‘Image as Meeting Place’ Journal of Visual Arts Practice 2016; ‘UNFOUND’ Diaphane 2017;  ‘Passages of Inscription’ Photographies 2019 (forthcoming).


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