Susan Kelly's research looks at relationships between art and micropolitics, rhetoric and practices of organisation in situations where questions are asked and answers are given. She makes performances, public time-based work, installations and videos, and she writes and publishes and convenes events and performative investigations. She works both independently and collectively with the Micropolitics Research Group and the Carrot Workers Collective, among others. Over the last nine years she has shown her work in Belfast, New York, Toronto, Helsinki, Prague, Dublin, St Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tallin. Zagreb, and elsewhere.
- 2002-present Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, Ph.D.
- 1998-99 Whitney Independent Study Programme, New York, Studio Practice
- 1997-98 Department of Fine Art, University of Leeds, MA in Cultural Studies
- 1992-97 National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. BA in Fine Art
Susan worked at the college as a visiting tutor in visual arts and critical studies, as well as in visual cultures, from 2002-2005.
Prior to coming to Goldsmiths, Susan served as a course leader and a lecturer the MA Art and Public programme INTERFACE: Centre for Research in Arts and its Locations, at the University of Ulster's School of Art and Design (2005-2006).
She has also worked as a guest lecturer at St. Joost, AVANS Academy and Piet Zwart Academy in Holland, the Art Academy Umea in Sweden, the Helsinki Art Academy's Department of Time and Space, and for the Tampere School of Art and Media's Environmental Arts programme.
Susan's work has been reviewed in Art Forum International, Circa Art Magazine, Frieze, Art Monthly, The Village Voice and the National Newspaper of Finland, among others.
She has been invited to speak on power and representation at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki; on citizenship and space at the University of Ulster; on creative labour at the Institute for Network Culture in Amsterdam; and on artistic research in academic contexts at Zagreb University in Croatia.
Against Critical Content: Transversality and the Micropolitics of the Intervention
Kelly, Susan. 2012. Against Critical Content: Transversality and the Micropolitics of the Intervention. In: Altés Arlandis Alberto and Lieberman Oren, eds. Intervention, Duration, Effects. Umeå, Sweden: University of Umeå, ---. ISBN -
The Centrifugal Book of Europe: A Partial Guide to the Micropolitics and Material Conditions of a Project
Kelly, Susan. 2010. The Centrifugal Book of Europe: A Partial Guide to the Micropolitics and Material Conditions of a Project. In: , ed. The Centrifugal Book of Europe. Belfast: Centrifugal, Belfast, pp. 59-73. ISBN 978-0-955-6395-1-7
Kelly, Susan. 2009. Medium. In: Lynette Hunter and Shannon Rose Riley, eds. Mapping Landscapes in Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 142-144. ISBN 13-978-0-230-22219-9
Communities of the Question
Kelly, Susan. 2006. Communities of the Question. In: Will Bradley; Mika Hannula; Cristina Ricupero and Superflex, eds. Self-Organisation/Counter Economic Strategies. Superflex, Sternberg Press, pp. 233-279. ISBN 1933128135
The Educational Turn in Art : Rewriting the hidden curriculum
Kelly, Susan; Graham, Janna and Graziano, Valeria. 2016. The Educational Turn in Art : Rewriting the hidden curriculum. Performance Research, 21(6), pp. 29-35. ISSN 1352-8165
What is to be Done? Questions for the 21st Century
Kelly, Susan and Morton, S.. 2003. What is to be Done? Questions for the 21st Century. In: "What is to be Done? Questions for the 21st Century", The Lenin Museum, 2/22/2003 - 4/21/2003.
Lobby, Amorph! 03 Performance Art Biennale
Kelly, Susan. 2003. Lobby, Amorph! 03 Performance Art Biennale. In: "Amorph! 03 Performance Art Biennale,", Finlandia Hall and Harrakka Island, 09/08/2003 - 31/08/2003.
Micropolitics and Transversality: Language, Subjectivity, Organisation and Contemporary Arts Practice
Kelly, Susan. 2009. Micropolitics and Transversality: Language, Subjectivity, Organisation and Contemporary Arts Practice. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London