Ami Clarke is an artist, writer, educator, and founder of Banner
She works within the emergent behaviours that come of the
complex protocols of platform capitalism, focussed for many years on the
interdependencies between language and code, amid the unacknowledged
currency of data. Earlier works explored how these dynamics contribute
to undermine the very process of democracy itself, through psychological
profiling, and targeting, at a granular scale. Recent work projects
near future developments of data mining companies such as Cambridge
Analytica, via A.I. learning language through negotiation skills whilst
trading in the ultimate data of her biocode.
Recent and forthcoming
writing includes: ‘covfefe: language within a meme economy’, “Text as
Market” Artists Re-thinking the Blockchain, “The Currency of Data” Sonic
Acts journal, ‘Ami Clarke: Author of the Blank Swan’ with Elie Ayache.
She is currently working on de-leb: group exhibition // collectively
authored writing experiment: a science fiction based on fact,
time-stamped via smart contract on the blockchain.
Recently exhibited/curated: HereNow art + tech residency SPACE, shortlisted: Wysing’s Worlds Amongst Us, Xero Kline and Coma, Centrespace Dundee, ICA, Wysing Arts Centre, Hayward Gallery.
She is also founder of Banner Repeater; a reading room with a public Archive of Artists' Publishing and project space, opening up an experimental space for others, on a working train station platform, London. Ideas that come of early network culture: publishing, distribution, and dissemination, that lead to a critical analysis of post-digital art production, are shared in her practice as an artist and inform the working remit of Banner Repeater.
Her practice continues to develop alongside her facilitating Banner Repeater, which has become a unique research model informing her practice, in a working train station environment.
You can find out more about Banner Repeater here.
She has recently had her work included in Information
edited by Sarah Cook (2016) - an art-historical reassessment of
information-based art and exhibition curation, from 1960s conceptualism to
current digital and network-based practices - Whitechapel Documents in
Contemporary Art and MIT press series. See here for more details: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/information.
employment / teaching posts
Goldsmiths University of London Critical Studies
BA Fine Art Associate Lecturer, '16-18
Central Saint Martins University of the Arts,
MA Fine Art Associate Lecturer, 2014-18
CSM, BA Fine Art, Critical Studies Associate Lecturer, 2014
CSM, BA Fine Art, 4D pathway, 2014
CSM, BA Fine Art, Critical Studies Associate Lecturer, 2014
She has recently exhibited/curated works at
Xero Kline and Coma, Centrespace gallery Dundee, ICA, London, Wysing Arts
Centre, Museo Del Chopo - Mexico City, Hayward Gallery, collaborated with Cuss
Group SA - Ithuba Gallery (British Council connect_ZA), David Roberts Arts
Foundation, Camden Arts Centre, The Container, Japan.
She continues to
commission new artists/writers works through the Banner Repeater platform, and
several publishing imprints: Banner Repeater paperbacks, Banner Repeater
publishing, and the UN-PUBLISH series.
She teaches the critical studies seminar series: Post-digital art: Hybrid Strategies in Networked Culture at Goldsmiths BA Fine Art and Creative Computing BA.
She also teaches at Central Saint Martins Masters of Fine Art, and across the UK, with a focus on post-digital strategies in network culture.
The Clearing "[...] Cryptic architecture, where form no longer reveals function. They seem to contain the codes of some mysterious mental process" J.G. Ballard - The Atrocity Exhibition 1969. http://www.slashseconds.org/issues/003/002/articles/aclarke/index.php
Artists talks / symposiums / workshops
Unnaturally Occurring Compliance PhD Symposium – University of Reading Department of Art 2017
Rethinking Digital Interaction Roundtable – Mayday Rooms 2017
Contingency of writing at Re-learning to Read w Torque - Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool 2017
BookBlast digital archive w Beau Geste Press - CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain Bordeaux 2017
RCA Eady Forum – talk and workshop 2016/17
Cold Bodies, Warm Machines – Art, Technology And The Posthuman, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf 2016
Thinking through the Block – workshops on blockchain tech, Banner Repeater, 2017
Publishing as Process – Dundee Contemporary, Cooper Gallery 2016
Elie Ayache (The Blank Swan) and Ami Clarke in conversation, Technology Now, ICA 2016
Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Masters Rietveld Academie - talk and workshop 2016
Artists talk - MFA Critical Studies Royal College of Art 2016
Artists talk - MFA Curating at Goldsmiths University of London 2016
Wysing Arts Centre – The Practice of Theories - performance of LAS / Error-Correction 2016
Thinking Through Publishing – symposium – with Flat Time House and Banner Repeater, Central Saint Martins, 2016
Publishing as Process: Art, Text and Distribution at Camden Arts Centre, London. 2016
Sustainable Publishing as part of Plastic Words at Raven Row
Liquidity – symposium, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 2015
‘Thinking with Algorithms: Cognition and Computation in the Work of N. Katherine Hayles',
- Global geopolitics, security & political theory - Gala Theatre in ass with Durham University 2015
Headstone to Hard Drive, Monument to Folly
– Symposia addressing issues of exteriorisation, technique and technology as they affect, inform and construct the visual arts. CSM 2015
Publishing as Process – On the relation between art, text and technology, Goethe-Institut – Lunch Bytes series, Ami Clarke with Melanie Buehler, Goethe Institut, 2015
Turf Projects & Croydon Tech City, Debate & Discuss:
How Art and Technology are connected? What is the nature of the relationship between Technology and Art Today? 2015Artists talk - Kent University, MA Fine Art, 2015
The Artists Book at Parasol Unit – during the exhibition: Shinro Ohtake. 2015
York St John University, Artists talk and Banner Repeater, 2015
Artists discussion – Tabularium curated by Alana Kushnir, Slopes Gallery, Melbourne. 2015
Artists talk - University for the Creative Arts, MA Fine Art, 2015
Post-digital publishing, exploring alternative networks of distribution talk, CSM UAL, 2014
Artists talk - Slade School of Fine Art, BA Fine Art, 2013
Artists talk - Royal College of Art Critical writing in Art and Design MA, 2013
Artists talk - University of Reading BA Fine Art, 2013
Artists talk - MA Photography, School of Fine Art, Kingston University, 2013
Artists talk - Birkbeck University of London, MA in Curating 2013
Artists talk - University of Greenwich, 2013
Artists talk - Bournemouth University of Art, BA Fine Art, 2013
Appropriation Beyond the Object talk with: Ben Vickers, Helen Kaplinsky and Ami Clarke. 2013
Publishing Forum: The Binder and the Server; post-digital publishing. Copeland Book Market 2013
Hardcore Software presents Piracy Today, artists talk and panel discussion. The Barbican 2013
Post-digital Publishing, Artists talk and panel discussion. G39, Cardiff 2013