Suzon Fuks is an artist bridging art, science & the environment, using body-based practices, the moving image, photography & interactive technologies. http://suzonfuks.net
Born in Brussels, trained in dance, theatre & music at Lilian Lambert Academy (‘69-‘76), she completed her Masters in Visual Arts at La Cambre (‘79-‘84). She created award-winning intermedia solo performances, and a film-scenography for the ground-breaking show ‘The Strange Mr Knight’ (touring globally with 1,000+ performances).
As mid-career artist & Igneous Co-Director since 97, she pioneered networked performance in Australia, made screendances, presented & performed in festivals, conferences & panels (Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Theater der Welt, Stuttgart; Biennale Internationale des Arts de la Marionnette, Paris; and more). Her screendance Fragmentation was ReelDance finalist, nominated for an Australian Dance on Film Award and screened in all continents. She received a Green Room Award for Outstanding Video-Scenography in Theatre New Form for ‘The Quivering’ by sacredCOW. “Spectacular stage imagery. Suzon Fuks’ video projections make the performers seem like elemental spirits rather than human bodies.” – Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes, Review
During an Australia Council Fellowship & a Copeland Fellowship in USA, she initiated the online platform Waterwheel, nominated for international Ars Electronica Award 2013 – Digital Communities. Waterwheel brought together 1,500+ artists, scientists, activists & youth from 34 countries & 81 locations http://water-wheel.net
“Suzon demonstrated strong expertise in creative & artistic practices around the world in the area of water issues.” – Danielle Siembieda, Deputy Director at International Society for the Arts, Sciences & Technology
She gives lectures, workshops, master classes and labs in Australia, USA & Europe on the integration of visual media and the performing arts, fostering intermedia artistic collaboration, and tailoring workshops for community cultural development projects.
– Making art that voices people’s concerns and global issues (focus on water and refugees and asylum-seekers) to be presented in significant public venues and contexts
– Deepening audience engagement with various environments and technologies (apps & interactives)
– Collaborating with/working under inspirational people and organisations
Mentored in ‘03 by Keith Armstrong, Kelli Dipple and Mike Stubbs on networked performance under an Australia Council New Media Arts grant, she continued her research in that field developing and performing in the ’07-‘10 UpStage Festivals; Backyard Dances for Electrosmog Festival ‘10; ‘Angry Women‘ by Annie Abrahams (11-12) and participated in ‘10 LIVE.MEDIA+PERFORMANCE.LAB at EMPAC, NY with Johannes Birringer and Mark Coniglio.
She has collaborated with artists from around the world, organising nodes (physical venues) for the streaming events DIAL (08) & TANKMAN TANGO (09); being part of the organising team of the CYPOSIUM, an online symposium on cyberformance hosted mainly on Waterwheel’s videoconferencing/media mixing system the Tap (12); coordinating WATERWHEEL WORLD WATER DAY SYMPOSIUM with artists, scientists & activists from all continents (E-BOOK download); curating the international exhibition CONVERGENCE/DIVERGENCE for WEAD (Women Environmental Artists Directory) (12) with an online symposium with its participants.