Private Project

Collage Dystopia

“Collage Dystopia” is a reimagining of orginal texts from newspapers and magazines. Using distortion and fragmentation I have created new, queer bodies.There is a hint of a dark subterranean narrative in the disparate imagery that I have drawn, painted, trimmed and glued to produce a dystopian landscape.

  • Susan Bruce
  • Susan Bruce
  • Susan Bruce
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  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 5, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 AUD
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  • Prospect Gallery
    October 23, 2017
  • Screening Artists: Video Art + Digital Media, Adelaide Festival Centre
    May 14, 2018
  • Honorable Mention Experimental Forum 2018
  • Austin Spotlight Film Festival 2018
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    January 24, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Susan Bruce
    Country: Australia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Susan Bruce

Susan Bruce’s practice includes moving image work/experimental short films, collage, drawings, prints and artist books. Her work has been shown in Australia, Europe and the United States in galleries, video and film festivals, and public spaces including the outside of buildings and the large screens outside a football Stadium.

Her current work uses practices of drawing, painting and collage to distort and fragment newspaper and magazine clippings for the purpose of creating new, queer bodies and dystopian landscapes. Underlying the work is an engagement with current day events, including catastrophic weather, environmental precarity, housing insecurity, and the global movement of refugees.

As an artist, Susan is inspired by the textural qualities of film and the interrelationship between digital and analogue. Her process upends the ‘normal’ hierarchy between analogue and digital: her collages serve as the material that is manipulated and textured to form her digital work, and vice versa.

Finalist, Girona Film Festival 2023, Girona, España (Through My Lens)

Finalist, Jakarta Independent Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia (Through My Lens)

Official Selection, Experimental Film Festival, New Bern, North Carolina, United States (Through My Lens)

Winner, The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award, SALA Festival, Adelaide, Australia (Through My Lens)

Official Selection, Genève Awards, Switzerland (Mick, Michael & Timmy Mick)

Winner of the 2nd Pigeon D'Or Awards, Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards, India (Adagio)

Finalist, Best Experimental Film, Swedish International Film Festival (Adagio)
'Here and There', a 12 hour virtual program with two streams side by side, Window Room (Philadelphia, USA) & Parkhaus 15 (Orlando USA) a virtual exhibition and physical space.
May 22, 2021. (Hope is the thing with feathers)
Honourable Mention, Experimental Forum (Adagio)
Official Selection, Finalist & Winner, Experimental Film Category L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival (LIAFF) (Adagio)
Official Selection, & Semi-Finalist, Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards (A Great Body of Salt)
Official Selection, & Finalist, Wales International Film Festival (A Great Body of Salt)
Honourable Mention, Experimental Forum (A Great Body of Salt)
Official Selection, The IndieFEST Film Awards (Clouds I See)
Official Selection, at the 2019 International Shorts Film Festival (A Great Body of Salt)
Official Selection, East Java Film Festival (We Design for People)
Honourable Mention, Experimental Forum (Collage Dystopia)
Official Selection Austin Spotlight Film Festival (Collage Dystopia)
The Refugee Film Collection 3:0, artvideoKOELN international (We Design for People)
Finalist Adelaide Parklands Art Prize
Finalist The Heysen Prize for Landscape
Official Selection Stockholm Independent Film Festival (We Design for People)
Independent Makers and Presenters grant, Arts SA
Finalist The Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016
Shortlisted The Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize, SALA Festival
Winner – Big Pond Adelaide Film Festival Partnership Award, SALA Festival Moving Image

Artist Residencies she has participated in include: 2016 Aeon Residency (part of Adhocracy) Vitalstatistix, Port Adelaide; 2012 The Studio Internazionale di Grafica Venice Residency, Venice, Italy and 2009 Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA.

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