SUZON FUKS is an “artivist” whose work bridges art, science and the environment using wearable art, bookmaking, photography, video, interactive technologies, all driven by her movement practices. She focuses on water, position of women, asylum seekers, and impact of technology on humanity and the natural world.
Suzon was born in Brussels, where she trained in dance, theatre and music at Lilian Lambert Academy (69-76) and completed her Masters in Visual Arts at La Cambre (79-84). She has lived in Australia since 1996. She has been Co-Artistic Director of the multi-arts organisation IGNEOUS since its inception in 97 with James Cunningham, her long-term collaborator.
Multi-award-winner, she also received the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship and Copeland Fellowship. She initiated and founded the art-science online platform Waterwheel, dedicated to water issues. 1,500 artists, scientists, activists, teachers & youth from 34 countries and 81 locations took part in the project, which is archived since mid-2016. In 2015, she was a facilitator of the 30,000+ visitors to Marina Abramovic’s installation “In Residence” in Sydney. End of 2019, she started ‘Obsolete’, a body of work including artist books, jewellery and performance, reflecting on the impact of technology on humanity & the environment.
Suzon focuses on:
– Making art that voices people’s concerns and global issues (water, women, people seeking asylum,…) to be presented in significant public venues and contexts
– Deepening audience engagement with various environments and technologies (apps & interactive)
– Collaborating with/working under inspirational people and organisations
As an intrinsically experimental artist I am deeply committed to making & developing art that examines, reflects upon, and helps us survive, today’s disjointed worlds. Using the live body as a starting point, I focus on process, interaction and diversity, compelled by small human gestures that are shared across cultures and that communicate and reveal the depth and complexity of our human experience. My practice is characterised by a holistic post-humanistic approach that focuses upon magnifying details, synthesizing wholes, collaborating, coordinating, weaving between extremes, playing with contrasts and emphasizing presence and space. My works are made for audiences to interpret, to be provoked by, to view from a range of perspectives and to also directly participate within, as a means for them to be able to reflect upon their own lives and places.
Water has fascinated me for many years. Researching networked performance, looking at meshing form and content, I observed that water’s fluidity, stripes and rhythms make links between graphic, choreographic, musical and cinematic forms. I come from a country in Europe where water is often considered a commodity and taken for granted as it rains a lot. For three years in the early 90’s, I lived in a part of India where access to water regulated life. When I moved to Brisbane/Meanjin, Australia, I saw the city going through severe drought for several years and then big floods. These events made me more aware of water issues and the politics around water, and led me to conceive Waterwheel, a project open to all, for cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural dialogues and exchanges around the globe.
“DIVING THE FRAME: in conversation with Suzon Fuks focusing on the moving image, particularly screendance & networked performance” This was the title of the blog I had during the two and half years (September 2009 – April 2012) of my Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship. This period allowed me to explore the frontiers of screendance and networked performance.
#1 Phase revolved around creating three new pieces specifically for the screen & archiving dance footage collected over the last 25 years around the world including some rare Indian dance forms. #2 Phase involved in-depth research to create a networked performance to occur simultaneously in multiple spaces, using telecommunication to link people and place. This work has been physically generated through audience response and explored issues of flux and connection.
My creative practice and artistic innovations have been forged since the 80’s. See Archives. In this time my work has been highly influenced by the many cultures I have lived within, attracting wide national and international interest. Since relocating to Australia from Europe in 1996, my work has continued to integrate and initiate innovative new approaches to meshing performance, media and technologies and has in turn received new national and international recognition. The next logical step for me was to now consolidate this practice by weaving together related threads of movement, performance, visual media, and networked technologies that build upon this rich, diverse, and cross-cultural body of work.
This is the definition I feel the closest to:
“‘Screendance’, alternatively called ‘videodance’, is a genre made for the camera where movement is the primary expressive element in the work rather than dialogue (as in conventional narrative movies) or music (as in music videos).”
Screendance’s definition is expanding to also include live performance, installation and the use of multiple and multi-dimensional screens.
“‘NETWORKED PERFORMANCE’ is a performance event happening simultaneously in multiple spaces, including the Web, using telecommunication tools to link people and places.” –2011–
The following lists dated from 2011 – some of the links may not work anymore.
Suzon Fuks has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and Igneous. She has been also supported by Ausdance Queensland and the Judith Wright Centre during her fellowship.