Sue Gollifer is an artist and curator with specific interests in digital fine art practices and archives.
Sue's work as an artist/ printmaker is held in public collections and she has been a key figure in the shaping of digital arts communities and international organisations. She is Director of ISEA International, organisers of the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art.
A pioneer of early computer art, Sue leads the MA course in Digital Media Arts, with scholarly interests in the relationship between technology and the arts.
Sue Gollifer lectures in Fine Art, is the assistant editor of 'Digital Creativity' and has established a number of international artistic and educational contacts Her interests focus on the impact of new technology within the practice of Fine Art and is senior archivist for the International Symposium of Electronic Art.
Sue Gollifer works at the intersection of art and technology. As someone who works as an artist, curator, organizer, professor, researcher, and board member she embodies this intersection across many venues. A pioneer of early computer art, she has continuously explored the relationship between technology and the arts and has written extensively on this subject. She is the course leader for the MA in Digital Media Arts (DMA) and Executive of Director of ISEA International and Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art
Sue has established a number of international artistic and educational contacts, particularly in Europe, the United States, Eastern Europe, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, and has contributed to the development of an international community of artists. She has shaped the the art design communities: Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), the Computer Arts Society, (CAS) and the College Arts Association, (CAA), ISEA International, SIGGRAPH, Phoenix and Lighthouse Brighton, and Computers in Art Design Education (CADE).
ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organisation fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science and technology. The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). Sue is currently Executive Director of ISEA International , which she has brought to a base at University of Brighton
She is on a number of national and international committees including (CAS) the Computer Arts Society, (DAM), Digital Art Museum, CoLab, the ACM SIGRAPH Digital Arts Community, and Trustee of Phoenix Brighton, UK.
She has recently been appointed as Chair, Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art ACM SIGGRAPH http://www.siggraph.org/participate/awards
She is ICT and Art Connect Expert panel member for the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation EU European Science & Technology; EU- funded project- FEAT- Future Emerging Art and Technology 2016 - Advisory Board, and the EU- funded project- START- Appointed by the European Commission, Ars Electronica in cooperation with BOZAR and Waag Society 2017- Prize Advisor; The Assistant Editor of ‘Digital Creativity’, published by Taylor Francis and Routledge, and Editor of accompanying ‘Art Space; Editor of ‘TRACEY’, an electronic journal dedicated to the presentation of drawing and a Leonardo - Manuscript reviewer
Sue Gollifer's primary research is on 'the impact of new technology within the practice of Fine Art' and 'Art and Science - 'Pattern Formation and Mathematical Biology'.
She has participated on a number of international conference panels, and her writing has appeared in twenty scholarly publications and refereed journals. She is also a PhD supervisor in digital processes in fine-art practice.
She has been the curator a number of international digital art exhibitions which have accompanied the Computers in Art and Design Education, (CADE) biennial conference, and which support her ongoing research. ArCade -‘The British International Open Exhibitions of Digital Prints' I, II, III, IV & V, GAMUT I – II (1996 – 07), HOT PLATE, 2010. More recently the Exhibitions she has curated are"Intuition and Ingenuity" in celebration of the Life of Alan Turing; 'DRAWING KNOWLEDGE and the illusory', Mutator 1 & 2 – Evolutionary Art, SIGGRAPH Asia, Kobe, 2015 Japan 'Themed Life on Earth Concerning contemporary art in our global society'; HCI Interactions Gallery 2016, Bournemouth UK and SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Macao, ‘Mediated Aesthetics’
All of these exhibitions have received widespread international recognition, and have toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and Russia.
In 2004, Gollifer was appointed Art Gallery Chair by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH) for the 31st International Conference on Computer Graphics and Techniques, held in Los Angeles, the first European to be selected for this prestigious role.
In 2006, she was the precipitant for an International Digital Media Arts Award (iDMAa) for her ‘Exceptional Services to the International New Media Community’.
Sue Gollifer was chair of the annual SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2004, the world showcase for digital and electronic art,
In 2001 Sue Gollifer curated 'ArCade III,' (The Third UK Open International Exhibition of Electronic Fine Art Prints), at Glasgow School of Art
Sue Gollifer curated - 'ArCade V,' The Fifth UK Open international Exhibition of Electronic Fine Art Prints. 2007
Sue Gollifer's paper ‘Collaborating Together In Fine Art Printmaking’ was presented at the 7th annual HAN conference October 2001
Gollifer, Sue (2016) ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art Leonardo, 49 (4). pp. 300-301. ISSN 0024-094X
Gollifer, Sue, Malmborg, Lone, Nitsche, Michael and Sussner, Julia (2016) Special Issue: Post-Anthropocentric Creativity Editorial [Edited Collections]
Gollifer, Sue (2015) ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art Leonardo, 48 (4). pp. 324-325. ISSN 0024-094X
Gollifer, Sue (2014) Art Space: ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2014 Digital Creativity, 25 (4). pp. 360-368. ISSN 1462-6268
Gollifer, Sue (2014) Synaptic Leaps: The Interchange of Energies in Contemporary Printmaking In: Bridges Spanning tradition, innovation and activism, San Francisco Bay Area, USA, 29 March, 2014.
Gollifer, Sue (2012) Intuition and Ingenuity [Exhibition]
Gollifer, Sue (2012) Intuition and ingenuity: a touring art exhibition in celebration of the life of Alan Turing [Exhibition]
Gollifer, Sue (2011) Art Space: editorial Digital Creativity, 22 (4). pp. 289-292. ISSN 1462-6268
Gollifer, Sue (2011) Art Space: editorial Digital Creativity, 22 (2). pp. 115-125. ISSN 1462-6268
Gollifer, Sue (2010) The changing nature of artists' practice In: CAT 2010: Ideas before their time: Connecting the past and present in Computer Art, British Computer Society, The Davidson Building, London, 2010.
Martynov, Andrey, Nazansky, Vladimir, Rooms, Verle, Gollifer, Sue, Besant, Derek, Popov, Sergei and Kiyono, Koichi (2009) 2009 Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennial [Exhibition]
Gollifer, Sue (2009) VI novosibirsk international biennal of contemporary graphic art [Exhibition]
Gollifer, Sue (2008) Artist space: SIGGRAPH 08 editorial Digital Creativity, 19 (4). pp. 245-264. ISSN 1462-6268
Gollifer, Sue (2008) Perfect with pixels [Exhibition]
Gollifer, Sue (2007) ArCade V John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, Perth Australia.
Gollifer, Sue (2005) Artist Space: Transgressions Digital Creativity, 16 (4). pp. 244-253. ISSN 1462-6268
Gollifer, Sue (2004) Siggraph 04 The Los Angeles Convention, Los Angeles, USA.
Gollifer, Sue (2003) Artist space 6: Generative computation and the arts/ curated by Sue Gollifer Digital creativity, 14 (3). pp. 159-168. ISSN 1462-6268
Gollifer, Sue (2001) Bits and bytes: collaborating together in fine art printmaking In: The fourth UK Open international Exhibition of Electronic Fine Art Prints at the Online Conferencing in the Arts and Humanities: seventh annual HAN Conference.
Presentations and Conferences
MUTATOR 1 & 2 Symposium, University of Brighton UK
Glob-art perspectives symposium Munich, Germany
ISEA213 Symposia, University of Sydney Australia
CAS/CADE Conference 2013, Watershed Bristol, UK
Lovebytes - Digital Spring, A festival of Art, Science & Technology, Sheffield UK
CAA, College Arts Association 99 Annual Conference, 2011, New York, USA.
ISEA2011 – 17th Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey
CAA, College Arts Association 98 Annual Conference, 2010, Chicago, USA.
NIVAL, National Irish Visual Library, in association with IVARO and DHO -
Southern Graphics Council Conference, Richmond, Virginia. USA
Computer Arts Society (CAS), London,
CADE, Computers in Art and Design Education Conference, Perth Australia.
CAA, College Arts Association 94 Annual Conference, 2007, New York, USA.
Intuition and Ingenuity (cont)
William Latham: Mutator 1 + 2 (Curator)
Brighton Digital Festival- Phoenix Gallery, Brighton. 7 Sept – 13 October.Digital Luminaries (invited)
Intuition and Ingenuity, An Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing (Co Curator and Exhibitor)
HOTPLATE, International Exhibition of Digital Fine Art Prints, Phoenix Brighton, UK (Curator and Exhibitor)
VI Novosibirsk International Biennale of Contemporary Graphic Art, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia. (Judge, Curator and Exhibitor)
Darwin's Dreams - The Roots of Coincidence, LPS, London Print Studios, and University of Brighton, (Invited, Curated)
2008Perfect with Pixels, Bowling Green State Museum, USA (Invited)
International Multiple Art Exhibition, Gyeongnam International Art Festival, Korea.(Invited)
ArCade V, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, Perth Australia (Curator and Exhibitor)
GAMUT II, UK Digital Art Exhibition, State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia(Curator and Exhibitor)
· Woman, Art & Technology: Interview with Sue Gollifer
By Rachel Beth Egenhoefer for Furtherfield who’s aim is to co-create extraordinary art that connects with contemporary audiences providing innovative, engaging and inclusive digital and physical spaces for appreciating and participating in practices in art, technology and social change - 22/05/2012 (1656 reads)
(new platform for conversations about emerging technologies and changing museum practice)
Any interview with Sue Gollifer, Director of ISEA International, by Deborah Turnbull, Assistant curator Power House Museum, Sydney Australia, (October 2012)
· ‘Digitally Projected’ virtual drawing exhibition for the DRN, Drawing Research Network, Conference 2012 – DRAWING KNOWLEDGE and the illusory’ – curated and selected by Sue Gollifer, University of Brighton,
Co Curator of Intuition and Ingenuity - An Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing it toured extensively throughout the UK, including Kinetica Faire, London the V&A and Bletcheley Park and the Moscow Biennale
2010 - 2012
· Elected by the College Arts Association Membership to the Board of Directors of CAA’s and subsequently to be the (VP) Vice President for Annual Conference, during their Centennial celebrations and awards, 100th February 22–25, 2012, Los Angeles, California, 99th February 9–12, 2011, New York, 98th February 10–13, 2010, Chicago, Illinois
The College Art Association (CAA) promotes the visual arts and their understanding through committed practice and intellectual engagement.
· iDMAa Award, The International Digital Media Arts Award –
Sue Gollifer, Service to the Field Award Awarded For her ‘ Exceptional Services To The International New Media Community’
· Selected to be ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Chair 2004
A talk interview with Sue Gollifer, Curator of SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2004 by Veronica Lucas 11 August 2004
A video talk with Sue Gollifer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6qxiJ-dm68
CURRENT Archive of her work
Sue Gollifer introduction at the Digital Art Museum (DAM) Artists: Phase One
Digital Art Museum is an online resource for the history and practice of digital fine art. It informs on historical and on contemporary positions choosen by an advisory panel. It exhibits the work of leading Artists in this field since 1956.
(CUPP) Community University Partnership Award - On Our Doorsteps funding support.'Developing Young People's Skills in Digital Media' (On our doorsteps Seed Fund) in conjunction with Cherokee Nation / Brighton Digital Cultural Exchange Program / Brighton Fuse
Special Projects: Moscow Biennale ‘Intuition and Ingenuity’ (selected)
Arts Council England (ACE) Grants for the Arts and the Computer Arts Society (CAS) ‘Intuition and Ingenuity’: An Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing. The Exhibition toured throughout the UK during 2012 and 2013 including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Bletchley Park,
CCI Creative Campus and Turning Point South East award for: Voices of the Sea and 'Voices of the Sea' - a Brighton Festival commission, in collaboration with Fabrica, Lighthouse, Blast Theory & Photoworks
Sea of voices an interactive digital piece, consisting of an interactive audio walk and public art installations was awarded a Gold Podium Award
Creative Campus (CCI) INFORMATHLON
A collaborative project, using interactive media to allow for the exploration and visualisation of stories and data emerging from the Olympics.
Awarded an Australian Arts Council. Grant for ArCade V, (fifth Open International Exhibition of Digital Fine Art Prints) for Curtin Gallery, Perth Australia.
Commissioned by the AHDS, Arts and Humanities Data Service and the AHRC to produce a scoping study on the use of Escience in the Visual Arts.
Gollifer S. (2014
Digital Creativity Art Space: SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2014
Published by Routledge Taylor Francis
Leonardo, Journal of the International Society for the arts, Sciences and Technology
Special Issue published by ACM SIGGRAPH MIT Press Leonardo/ISAST Volume 46/ number 4/2013 XYZN: SCALE Art Gallery Assistant Curator, Jury, ACM SIGGRAPH 2013 Exhibition
Digital Creativity Art Space: Alan Turing Year 2012
Published by Routledge Taylor Francis 2012, Vol. 23,
Digital Creativity, Artists Space: Uncontainable, Broken Stillness
Published by Routledge Taylor Francis, Volume 22 Number 4 December 2011
Digital Creativity, Artists Space: HOT PLATE,
Published by Routledge Taylor Francis, Volume 13 Number 34 December 2011
CAT 2010: Ideas before their time: Connecting the past and present in Computer Art, Conference Proceedings, Published by British Informatics Society Limited (BISL)
VI Novosibirsk International Biennale of Contemporary Graphic Art, UK Printmakers section, Catalogue, published by Novosibirsk State Art Museum
Digital Creativity, Artists Space: SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Slow Art & Design & Computation
Perfect with Pixels, Exhibition Catalogue, published by BGSU, USA
CADE, Computers in Art and Design Education Conference, Conference proceedings, OUT of GAMUT, Published by Curtin University 2007
Stillness Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, ArCade V Exhibition ’07, Exhibition Catalogue published by BEAP
Guidelines for Faculty Teaching in New-Media Arts, Published by College Arts Association
Arts and Humanities Data Service and the Arts and Humanities Research Council AHDS - AHRC, the eScience Scoping Study
Art of The Digital Age, edited by Bruce Wands, Digital Imaging, published by Thames and Hudson
Juries and review committees
ISEA2014 Symposium, Dubai, Emirates
ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2014, Vancouver, Canada (Onsite Jury member and Art Gallery Committee)
Brighton Digital Festival - Sublime 2 & (BDF Advisory Committee)
ISEA2013 Symposium, Sydney Australia
ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2013, Anaheim (Onsite Jury member and Art Gallery Committee)
Phoenix Brighton, Art Gallery
CAS/CADE Conference, Watershed, Bristol, UK
ISEA2012 Symposium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2012, Los Angeles, USA
Voices of the SEA And Sea of Voices, Brighton Festival 2012, co commissions, Blast Theory, Fabrica, Lighthouse, Photoworks, TIPSE
DRN, Digital Research Network Conference
ISEA2011 Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey
SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2011, Vancouver, Canada, 2011
Phoenix Brighton, Art Gallery
College Arts Association, 100 Annual Conference, Los Angeles, USA 2011
ISEA2010 Symposium, Ruhr, Germany
SIGGRAPH Art Gallery2010, Los Angeles, USA, 2010
VI Novosibirsk International Biennale of Contemporary Graphic Art, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia
SIGGRAPH Art Gallery ’09, New Orleans, USA
1984, The Kowalsky Gallery, London
New to DACS, The Kowalsky Gallery, London
VI Novosibirsk International Biennale of Contemporary Graphic Art, Russia
MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition
College Arts Association 99 Conference, New York, USA 2011
SIGGRAPH Art Gallery’08, Los Angeles, USA
New to DACS, The Kowalsky Gallery, London
SIGGRAPH Art Gallery’07, San Diego, USA
Eurographics’07- John Lansdowne Prize
ACM SIGGRAPH – Nominations Committee
William Latham, Retrospective - as part of Brighton Digital Festival (September)
Intuition and Ingenuity – Bletchley Park, UK and Moscow Biennale (October and November)
DRAWING KNOWLEDGE and the illusory’ – curated and selected by Sue Gollifer, University of Brighton, UK, ‘Digitally Projected’ virtual drawing exhibition for the DRN, Drawing Research Network, Conference 2012
Co Curator of Intuition and Ingenuity - An Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing it toured extensively throughout the UK, including Kinetica Faire, London the V&A
HOT PLATE, an International Printmaking Exhibition, Phoenix Brighton - curated and selected
VI Novosibirsk International Biennale of Contemporary Graphic Art, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia, curated and selected UK Section - Jury member
ArCade V, The UK’s 5th Biennale of Electronic Fine Art Prints - CURTIN Art Gallery, Perth, Curated as part of the CADE Conference and BEAP, The Biennale of Electronic Art Perth
GAMUT II, An Exhibition of invited UK Digital Artists, The State Museum Novosibirsk; Curated for AniGmaIV , Festival, Novosibirsk Russia.
Art Gallery Chair - ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Synaesthesia, Los Angeles, USA
ACM SIGGRAPH - Chair of Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art
ACM SIGGRAPH – Nominations Committee – 2007
ACM SIGGRAPH Arts Portal – Advisory Committee
College Arts Association (CAA) - Professional Practices Committee, Education Committee, International Committee,
CADE Computers in Art and Design Education Committee
DACS Design and Artists Copyright Society – Remuneration Committee (Chair) 2000 – 2011)
SIGGRAPH ART Gallery Onsite COMMITTEE,
ACM SIGGRAPH Conference:
AHDS, Arts and Humanities Data Service – Visual Arts 1999 – 2007 – Advisory Board
AHRC, Arts and Humanities Research Council, - reviewer and evaluator, visual arts subject specialist
ARC the Australian Research Council - External Evaluator
AHRC funded research Project, DRAWBOTS, Sussex University, 2000-2006 -Advisory Board
BLIP – Art Science Forum (Sussex University and Brighton, UK) – 2000 - 2005 Non Executive Director
CAA, College Arts Association, USA – Director & Vice President of Annual Conference 2009-2011
CADE, Computers in Art & Design Education 1999 – 2013 Committee & Vice Chair
CAS, Computer Arts Society – Member of Board – Current
CoLab, New Zealand– International Advisory Board - 2012
CREATe, UK Research centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy - ISEA International partner - Current
DACS, Design and Artists Copyright Agency – Director 2000 – 2010
DACS, Creators Council – 2010- 2013
DACs –ACM Digital Arts Committee - Outreach Director - Current
DAM. Digital Art Museum, Board and International Advisor -Current
ISEA International, Director of Headquarters -Current
iDMAa. International Digital Media Arts Association - Advisory Board 2006 - 2013 -Current
JISC Media Hub - Advisory Board - Current
Lighthouse, Brighton - Board of Directors - Current
Phoenix, Brighton, UK- Trustee and Co Chair - Current
The Basement Arts Production, South East, UK - 2008
RIN, Research Information Network - Arts and Humanities Consultative Group – (UK HE Fine Art representative) - 2012
Digital Creativity, referred Journal published by Taylor Francis and Routledge -Assistant Editor & Art Space Editor - Current
Leonardo Transactions - Editorial Review Board
TRACEY – Contemporary drawing research Journal – Co-Editor -Current