Susan Philipsz creates sound installations that explore ways in which the emotive and psychological properties of song alter a listener's perception of place and time. Hearing her disembodied voice - in settings where you least expect to have such an intimate experience - sets up a tension between the listener's private memories and the communal associations of song. At PEM, Philipsz creates a site-specific sound performance exploring collective memory and environment. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Philipsz is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize - an annual award bestowed on the best contemporary British artist under age 50.
Support provided by donors to the 2011 FreePort Fund and by the East India Marine Associates (EIMA) of the Peabody Essex Museum.