Susan pui san lok is a Associate Professor in Fine Art in the School of Art and Design. As an artist, writer, and researcher, she works across moving image, installation, sound, performance and text.
2004 PhD Fine Art (Practice & Theory) with Aavaa (the African & Asian Visual Artists Archive), School of Architecture & the Visual Arts, University of East London
1996 MA Feminism & the Visual Arts (Distinction) Department of Fine Art, University of Leeds
1994 BA Hons Fine Art (First) Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds
Cantonese (fluent), Mandarin, French, German (basic)
Module Leader for BA Fine Art FNA1930, 'Starting Out: Fundamental Questions'. Also teaches on FNA3930, 'Critical & Contextual Proposition: Research Essay', and contributes to the MA Fine Art module FNA4099, 'Art & Text'. Currently supervising three doctoral candidates on the PhD Fine Art and ArtsD pathways: Shaun Martin(with Dr Ergin Cavusoglu), Wajid Yaseen(with Dr John Dack), and Shanna Heap of Birds (with Prof Jean FIsher, from October 2014).
Taught and examined on the MA Artist Teachers & Contemporary Practices at Goldsmiths College, Department of Education, University of London (2009-2011). Served as PhD external examiner at Goldsmiths College, Department of Visual Cultures, University of London (2007); Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London (2010); University of Applied Science, Zurich / Plymouth University (2013); and internal examiner at Middlesex University (2013).
Visiting and Guest lectures since 2000 include: Alfred University, NY; Courtauld Institute of Art, London; Duke University, NC; Birkbeck College, University of London; Goldsmiths College, University of London; Royal College of Art, London; University of the Arts, London; University of East London; University of Leeds; University of Plymouth, Exeter; University of Westminster, London; Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton; and Concordia University, Montreal, QC (forthcoming).
Artist's talks and panels include: 198 Gallery, London; Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; British Museum, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Firstsite, Colchester; Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin; Hong Kong Arts Centre; Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts); Photographers' Gallery, London; Tate Britain & Modern, London; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
Key areas of research interest: interdisciplinary and multi-modal practice as research; notions of nostalgia and aspiration, migration and translation, archives and diaspora; contemporary Chinese and East Asian visual culture. Doctoral students welcome in these areas.
Projects include Altar Notes, one of nine micro-plays commissioned for '2012-1997: Hong Kong Impressions', produced between London, Beijing and Hong Kong and staged at the Yuen Long Theatre, HK (2012); and Lightness, commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and De La Warr Pavilion, and presented at DLWP as part of 'Everything Flows: The Art of Getting in the Zone ' (2012), which will be re-staged for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Faster, Higher (2008) was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and the BFI; DIY Ballroom/Live (2007) was a Cornerhouse Bigger Picture national touring commission; and Golden (2005-6) was an exhibition/residency at Beaconsfield, London, and Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester.
Also featured in group shows in the UK at 198 Gallery,Beaconsfield, Cafe Gallery Projects, Chinese Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, Hanmi Gallery, Hatton Gallery, Hayward Gallery, SPACETriangle; and internationally at Gallery 4a, Australia, Beijing 798 Space, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Shanghai Duolun MoMA and SITE Sante Fe.
Publications include three artist books: Faster, Higher, edited with Nina Ernst (London: Film and Video Umbrella, 2009); Golden (Notes), funded by the AHRC Diasporas Programme (London: SPSL, 2007); and NEWS (London: SPSL, 2005).
Journal of Visual Cultureeditorial group (2006-2013) and board (2014-). Co-edited the journal's 40th anniversary issue of John Berger's Ways of Seeing (2012, v11n2), with Raiford Guins and Juliette Kristensen. Guest-edited the issue, 'Hong Kong and other Returns' (2007, v6n3); and contributed essays to Mieke Bal & Joanne Morra eds. 'Acts of Translation' (2006, v6n1) and Juliette Kristensen & Marquard Smith eds. 'Archives' (2013, v12n3).
Essays in David A. Bailey, Ian Baucom & Sonia Boyce, eds. Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (London: Iniva, N. Carolina: Duke UP, 2005), and Dennis Atkinson & Paul Dash eds., Social and Critical Practices in Art Education (Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books, 2005; reprint by London: Institute of Education, forthcoming), as well as various articles, reviews and exhibition catalogue essays.
Nominated for the 2013 Film London Jarman Award. Recent and forthcoming projects include solo exhibitions at MAI, Montreal (2014) and QUAD, UK (2015). Current projects in development include RoCH Fans & Legends
lok, susan pui san (2015) Trailers (RoCH Fans & Legends). [Artefact]
lok, susan pui san (2016) Trailers (RoCH fans & legends). [Film/Video]
lok, susan pui san (2016) The work between the words between the work between us. In: Now & Then... Here & There: Black Artists & Modernism Conference, 06-08 Oct 2016, Chelsea College of Art, UAL / Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain.
lok, susan pui san (2016) SPSL/A–Y (revised). Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 3 (1-2). pp. 169-181. ISSN 2051-7041
lok, susan pui san (2016) Trilogies LIVE [RoCH fans & legends - screening & performance]. [Performance]
Steven Bode (principal applicant), susan pui san lok (co-applicant, with Roderick Buchanan, Cornford & Cross, Dryden Goodwin), Everything Flows: The Art of Getting in the Zone, Wellcome Trust, Large Arts Award, £151,160. 2011-2012
Steven Bode (principal applicant), susan pui san lok (co-applicant, with Roderick Buchanan, Cornford & Cross, Dryden Goodwin),Everything Flows: The Art of Getting in the Zone, Wellcome Trust, Small Arts Award Co-applicant, £27,445. 2009-2010
susan pui san lok, Golden: Interdisciplinary Creative Practice & the Aesthetics & Poetics of Leisure & Nostalgia in Diaspora, AHRC Diasporas, Migrations and Identities, Small Grants Scheme, £10,000. 2005-2006
susan pui san lok, Golden, ACE Grants for the Arts, Individual Award, £4,500. 2005
CURRENT Journal of Visual Culture (London, CA, New Delhi: Sage) Editorial group, 2006-13. Events editor, 2010-2013. Editorial Board, since 2014.
2011 Chinese Arts Centre Programme Advisory Panel
2010 Film & Video Umbrella 'Free to Air' mentor
2003-04 Chinatown Arts Space Steering Group & Arts Consultancy, Westminster City Council
2002-03 Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee Member, Arts Council England
2000 Visual Arts Assessor London Arts, London
1999-2001 Chinese Arts Centre Exhibition Selection Panel, Manchester