Suzie Silver is an artist and Associate Professor in Electronic and Time Based Art in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. She states, “Among the strategies for making my work three have proven consistent: collage, performance and technical experimentation. Many of my videos are humorous send-ups of popular culture using appropriation and gender play. Others, while still using humor, have a more romantic relationship to cinematic fantasies.”
Since 2003, she has worked collaboratively with Hilary Harp on a range of projects including objects, installations, videos and performances (www.harpsilver.com). Drawn to exotica, science fiction and pre-digital special effects, they create d.i.y. spectacles by combining technical sophistication with humble materials. They have exhibited their objects and installations throughout the U.S. including the Munson Proctor Williams Art Institute, Penn State University, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Arizona State University Museum, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco; and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Their videos, have screened all over the world, including the 2004 Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany; ENTERmultimediale 2, Prague, Czech Republic; Biennale Internazionale di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy; Angle: The First International Short Film and Video Festival, Xiamen, China; and Arcipelago, 13th International Festival of Short Films and New Images, Rome, Italy. Their video, “Nebula,” is distributed by the Video Data Bank. They have performed their live media variety show “Fruit Machine” in a number of venues nationally including Transformer Gallery, Washington DC; Around the Coyote Festival, Chicago, IL; and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
In addition to her ongoing collaboration with Hilary Harp, Silver has begun experimenting as a dance party digital dj/visualist.