SUZON FUKS is an intermedia artist, choreographer and director exploring the integration and interaction of the body and moving image through performance, screen, installation and online work http://suzonfuks.net
During her Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship (09-12), she initiated and co-founded Waterwheel, a collaborative online venue for streaming, mixing and sharing media & ideas about Water, as a topic and metaphor http://water-wheel.net
For the 2nd semester 12, as a Copeland Fellow & Associate Researcher at the Five Colleges in Massachusetts, she continued focussing on her research on water & gender issues, and networked performance, as well as coordinating activities on Waterwheel.
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). Moving to Australia in ‘96, she has been co-artistic director of intermedia performance company IGNEOUS since ’97.
She has directed movement-based intermedia performance productions, created film/video-scenography for numerous productions, directed and edited films and videos including screendances, and co-devised online interactive performance works. 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.
She received numerous awards for her films, videos, solo performance shows, including Green Room Award for Video-Scenography in Theatre (New Form). Her screendance FRAGMENTATION was ReelDance finalist, nominated for an Australian Dance on Film Award and screened in all continents. She created the film part of the groundbreaking show ‘The Strange Mr Knight’, which toured the world for 5 years (87-92, Adelaide Festival 1990).
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.
In ’11, she developed Waterwheel during 4 residencies (in Brisbane at Ausdance and at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, and in Brussels at iMAL centre for digital culture and technology), leading 5 online labs with artists and activists from around the world, including a forum of peers composed of practising artists who are also academics, testing and feedbacking on the advancement of the new technology used for the TAP. See Waterwheel blog.
Suzon has presented and participated in many conferences & panels about networked performance such as TIP13, LowFi Forum, Floating Land, Desert Numerique, International Symposium on Aqua Science, Water Resources and Arts, Syneme, World Dance Alliance NY, CineDans Amsterdam, Upgrade Munich, SCANZ, DIMEA, Createc seminar, Apple CreateWorld, etc.