Born in Ellwangen 1970.
Using books, video and photography, Susanne Bürner’s artworks ask you if you can see the invisible and believe the unbelievable. Her previous work has included a video and book project using images and footage of fervent music, movie or sports fans with their object of desire absent(finistere 2005, 50,000,000 Fans Can’t be Wrong 2006). Taking this request even further, shetempts you to perform invisibility with her book-work, Vanishing Point (2006), a handbook instructing readers on how to become invisible taken from an anonymous source on the internet.
Susanne came to the OCAT residency to be closer to the seismic institute in Nanning where they study the behaviour of snakes in order to predict earthquakes. A theory dismissed as ludicrous by many scientists, Bürner tried to investigate the claims for herself but could not penetrate the secrecy surrounding the institute. The failure to access the snakes under observation contributes to the dubious impressions of the scientific research and lead the artist to undertake her own research study into snakes as a means of predicting seismic catastrophe. Her studies culminated in the pseudoscientific book-work Understanding the World of Snakes, a collective testimony on the phenomenon using images, texts and interviews from multiple sources. This project is the materialisation of the mystery surrounding the Nanning project, invoking other snake myths present in most other cultures. Understanding the World of Snakes plays with humanity’s collective insistence on creating a reality from fiction, allowing us to believe the unbelievable.
Recent solo shows, amongst many others include…
2008 Embodied Truth, Goethe Institute, Hong Kong
2007 finistère, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
2000 Trees, Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe (with Candida Höfer)
…and group shows…
2008 Past Forward, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
2007 Performance Z-A: a Pavillion and 26 Days of Events, Storefront Gallery, New York, NYC
2006 Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
2004 Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris