Susan Norrie
Rules of Play, 2009-2013
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 05.02.15

Rules of Play is a video installation set to premiere at the Biennale. For over a decade, Susan Norrie has focused on the intersection of environmental, geological, technological, political and indigenous issues in the Asia-Pacific region. She ruminates metaphorically on humanity’s fragile relationship to the environment and the potential for catastrophe. Dissent (2012) addressed the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and recent Japanese protests against nuclear power.

Rules of Play extends Norrie’s interest to the subarctic seas and harsh climate of Hokkaido in northern Japan and Sakhalin Island in Russia’s Far East, a contested territory claimed by both countries. As oil and gas rigs are established to extract resources that could mitigate Japan’s reliance on nuclear power, tensions mount. Located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, the region is also prone to earthquakes. As a response, Norrie highlights the environmental knowledge and spirituality of the region’s earliest indigenous communities.
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Susan Norrie, Rules of Play, 2009 – 2014, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 28 minutes (courtesy of the artist)
Susan Norrie, Rules of Play, 2009 – 2014, single-channel HD video installation with sound, 28 minutes (courtesy of the artist)
Biography

Susan Norrie was born in 1953 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives and works. In the last 20 years, she has developed a practice that sees and uses art as a tool for political commentary.

Her work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; Tate Liverpool; Tate Britain, London; KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Art Tower Mito Museum, Mito, Japan; MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain; ICC, Tokyo; ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Futura, Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Biennale of Sydney; Melbourne International Biennial; Liverpool Biennial; and Yokohama Triennale, Japan. Norrie represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007.

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