From the artist to the audience.

A work of art without an audience is wasted. As an artist I am content that my work is reaching more people.

During the last year or two I have also dealt with a few people whose profession is curating, and I have had some issues with some of their expectations to me as an artist.

My art is where I express myself, it is my language, it is how I speak. Curators generally expect artists to also deliver writings like long biographies, artist statements, sometimes even essays, created in words. To me this is completely off the track.

It is important to reflect on your own practice, the process, your aims. And the audience also sometimes find this interesting to learn about. So, I started this web project MANIFESTO, where I focus on those subjects.

Unlike works like “The End of the World as we know it” (which I consider flexible and open to the audiences own personal interpretations), MANIFESTO is quite strict and restricted. I respect and understand that there will always be different interpretations depending on age, cultural backgrounds etc. and the audience is free to think. But when you visit MANIFESTO you are less free (sorry). It is the project you visit if you want to understand my aims and study my work under the surface of the work itself.

MANIFESTO lives on the domains,,,,,, and if you find it fragmented and unfinished, you are perfectly right, it is always a work in progress.

Susanne Layla Petersen, February 2021


Simultan media archive

Simultan Festival, Timi┼čoara, Romania, is creating an online archive with all the video works they had in their screening programs, and also other works and documentary materials they have since 2005. The archive includes my work “The End of the World as we know it” which was screened at Simultan XIV in 2019.

So far there are 891 entries in the extensive archive which can be visited at

Digital Art Spaceship

V-Art has selected my work for the first exhibition on a digital Art Spaceship that will be launched on their platform in March.

Watch this space for more news from me about the project.

Digital Art Spaceship

Update 03/03/2021:
Well, my project won the competition, but I refused to sign a legal document written in Ukrainian (which I can not read), and to send sensitive personal identifying information to V-Art’s trash Gmail address. So they took my project down again. I might write a blog post about this outrageous business later.


I still own my work and my full ID. You can see the award winning project “The End of the World as we know it” here, and from 8.-28. March you can see it if you are in Chicago, where it is part of Roman Susan’s Streetlight.