Susan Schuppli’s Faculty


From 25 October 2019 to 27 October 2019


During the crit sessions with Susan Schuppli, participants will present their research and current projects taking up some of the key challenges of “witnessing” raised by different materials and events that might demand new ways of seeing or alternate modes of sensing.

How can we—as artists, architects, designers, and creative practitioners—account for and respond to events that don’t conform to human time-scales or aren’t organized by human-centered modes of perception? As the environmentalist Aldo Leopold once remarked: “We can be ethical only in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love or otherwise have faith in."



Susan Schuppli is an artist and researcher, Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University of London, and an affiliated artist-researcher and board chair of Forensic Architecture. Her work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters. Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. Recent commissioned works include: Learning from Ice, Toronto Biennial; Nature Represents Itself, SculptureCenter, New York; Trace Evidence, Bildmuseet, Umea; and Atmospheric Feedback Loops, a Vertical Cinema project for Sonic Acts, Amsterdam. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book Material Witness (MIT Press). Lives and works in London.


Sessions will be in English (applicants must be able to demonstrate a level of at least Upper-Intermediate English to attend this faculty).

Applications will only be accepted from artists, curators, art critics, writers, and researchers with a proven record in the field of contemporary culture.

Applications for the Faculty of Steve Kurtz are accepted until October 9, 2019. Applications should be emailed to (Subject: Weekend Faculty / Susan Schuppli).

Applicants will be expected to make a presentation of their research project, which the mentor and peers will then critically discuss. Please note this is not a portfolio review and only one research project will be discussed.


To apply, you will need to submit:

  • An application in Word (Russian);
  • A CV/portfolio (Russian);
  • A motivation letter of 500 words (English);

In your motivation letter, please specify: 

  • Your research subject;
  • The letter should also include your aims for the project and objectives, as well as your methodology. Your objectives are the steps by which you will meet your aim. Methodology means defining the ways you conduct your work on the research, including how you go about discovering new information and recording it;
  • Supporting materials are important: digital or printed photos, original documents, reference images and theoretical texts, anything that will help build your case and facilitate understanding in order to receive comprehensive feedback.

Applications and motivation letters must be sent in Word format, with the candidate’s family name and the place where the application is coming from in the name of the file, as in the example below:



“Earth Evidence.” A lecture by Susan Schuppli

How do Earth’s natural media “archives” offer up evidence of environmental degradation and climate change that can be mobilized in making public truth claims? What challenges stand in the way of acting upon such claims, especially within legal forums burdened by the demand to prove direct causality?


Friday, October 25
Garage Education Center

Crit session 1

Saturday, October 26
Garage Education Center

Crit session 2

Sunday, October 27
Garage Education Center