Susanna Carlisle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received a Bachelor of Arts (1970) and Master of Architecture (1973) from the University of Pennsylvania. After many years designing architectural projects and sculpture, she met new media pioneers Steina and Woody Vasulka and fell down the rabbit hole into video.
She has collaborated (and continues to collaborate) with composers Joan La Barbara, David Dunn, and others to create video images for sculpture, installations and performances, choreographers and dancers to develop experimental dance videos, and media artist Bruce Hamilton to explore video sculpture and immersive interactive environments. Her new media work has been exhibited in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Her playground design has been exhibited at MoMA.
She also has created architectural environments and sculptural elements for Woody Vasulka’s new media installations. She has assisted with the installation of Bruce Nauman’s sound works at the 53rd Venice Biennale, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and his video works at Sperone Westwater gallery, New York, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, and Schlaulager, Basel.