Ami Clarke is an artist, writer, and educator, working within the emergent behaviours that come of the complex protocols of platform capitalism in everyday assemblages, with a focus on the inter-dependencies between code and language in hyper-networked culture. My research focus’ on algorithmic governance and performative modes of production from a feminist post-human position. I utilise various digital media, often distributed, with aspects of live programming, to produce video/sound and spoken word performance. My work is conceptually framed in ways that means critique is articulated through it’s production, drawing out the new (old) behaviours emerging from human engagement with technology through performative modes.
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 at Hackney Downs station, London. Ideas that come of 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.
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.
Her work is 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.
She has recently exhibited/performed work at/for: Uncoded: Crafting Intelligence - DC Contemporary, The London Open 2022, Whitechapel Gallery (artists were selected from over 2,600 entries by a panel of experts including collector Maria Bukhtoyarova, artist Shezad Dawood, curator and art historian Christine Eyene, gallerist Stephan Tanbin Sastrawidjaja, with Whitechapel Gallery curators Emily Butler, lnês Costa and Wells Fray-Smith), Pumphouse Reading Group: Covfefe: Language in a meme economy, Artists’ publications as instructions, scores and manuals; AWP Symposium (2018) The Tetley Leeds, ODD catalyst, Bucharest (2018), ORGASMIC STREAMING; LUX / Chelsea Space (2018), HereNow art/tech res SPACE (2018), Xero Kline and Coma (2017), NEW WORLD ORDER, Gallery, Filodrammatica, Rijeka (2017) and Aksioma, Ljubljana (2017), Furtherfield gallery (2017), StudioRCA Riverlight (2016), Centrespace Dundee (2016), ICA (2016), Wysing Arts Centre (2016), Hayward Gallery (2015), Museo Del Chopo, Mexico City (2015), Cuss Group SA, Ithuba Gallery (British Council connect_ZA) (2015), David Roberts Arts Foundation (2015), Camden Arts Centre (2015), The Container, Tokyo (2013).
Ami Clarke teaches at Central Saint Martins Masters of Fine Art, and across the UK, with a focus on post-digital strategies in network culture, and a summer school at CSM on Post-human studies - "Art after the internet". She taught the critical studies seminar series: Post-digital art: Hybrid Strategies in Networked Culture at Goldsmiths BA Fine Art and Creative Computing BA 2016-18.
employment / teaching posts
Central Saint Martins University of the Arts,
MA Fine Art Associate Lecturer, 2014-23
Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts,
MA Fine Art Associate Lecturer, 2019-23
Goldsmiths University of London Critical Studies
BA Fine Art Associate Lecturer, 2016-18
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
Language In A Meme Economy
by Ami Clarke
Digital Ecologies - The International Journal of Creative Media Research
DOI: https://doi.org/10.33008/IJCMR.202016 | Issue 5 | October 2020
Sonic Acts Academy publication - Q and A with Ami Clarke
by Marija Bozinovska Jones
Text as Market
by Ami Clarke
published in Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain.
published by Furtherfield and Torque. Editors, Ruth Catlow,
Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner.
Ami Clarke: Author of the Blank Swan
published by Banner Repeater 2015
Low Animal Spirits by Ami Clarke.
Journal of Visual Art Practice
Volume 15, 2016 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14702029.2016.1228759
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.
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
Banner Repeater: An interview with Ami Clarke
Ashley Janke May, 2017 http://temporaryartreview.com/banner-repeater-an-interview-with-ami-clarke/
Interview with Banner Repeater’s Ami Clarke (Founder/Director)
Artists talks / symposiums / workshops
Climate Emergency launch – University of Creative Arts, Epsom 2019
End-of-the-World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extractionb – symposium – Goldsmiths Visual Cultures 2019
Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines – Bath Spa University 2019
Pumphouse Reading Group: Covfefe: Language in a meme economy 2018
Artists’ publications as instructions, scores and manuals; AWP Symposium The Tetley Leeds, 2018
De-leb writing workshops - collectively authored science fiction – Banner Repeaterb 2018
Rethinking Interaction Roundtable – Mayday Rooms 2017
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, Goethe Institut, 2015
Diagram Research Use and Generation Group – ICA – Symposium – Plague of Diagrams 2015
Publishing, distribution, disemination seminars with Isaac Olvera, Museo Del Chopo, Mexico City 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? 2015
Artists 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