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'COVFEFE: LANGUAGE IN A MEME ECONOMY' | AMI CLARKE 

WOMEN IN CONCEPTUAL ART SYMPOSIUM | CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ART



'covfefe - language in a meme economy'

Ami Clarke | Women in Conceptual Art symposium 
Chelsea College of Art

Discussing several works in her art practice, including 'Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams', 'Low Animal Spirits', and 'Ami Clarke: Author of the Blank Swan', Ami Clarke explores notions of reason, agency and free will amid the new behaviours emerging from technological advances in specific socio-economic and political assemblages, to further speculate on ‘covfefe: language in a meme economy’.

Convened by Jo Melvin Chelsea at College of Arts. In tandem with exhibition and live event at Chelsea Space: ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE curated by Karen Di Franco and Irene Revell
 

LOW ANIMAL SPIRITS AND ERROR-CORRECTION: AN INTRODUCTION TO FUTURE DIAGRAMS

performance

Low Animal Spirits and Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams - performed by Ami Clarke: LUX, May '18 

The programme was a live counterpart of the eponymous exhibition ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE at Chelsea Space curated by Karen di Franco and Irene Revell., May 2018

Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams (2010 - ongoing) and Low Animal Spirits (2014).
by Ami Clarke


The scripting of language and code conjoin with a suspect ‘liveness’ of performance in Ami Clarke’s assemblage of two works; Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams (2010 - ongoing) and Low Animal Spirits (2014). Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams is a script reflecting on the influence of calculus, in which each articulation is just one of many takes, constantly re-edited, that references and includes openly appropriated texts, contemporary commentary, news items, anecdotal evidence; culminating in an interrelated convergence of many interwoven threads, whereby the voice (through language) is constituted between someone else's thoughts and the page. Serendipitously, the work conjoined with Low Animal Spirits (2014) a High Frequency Trading (HFT) algorithm dealing in world news, speculating on what is 'about' to trend, that speaks of the highly volatile production of language within the calculus of a meme economy. Drawing on a critical post-human perspective, any subject to speak of, emerges from this assemblage via an untrustworthy body with faulty equipment, produced in synthesis with it's environment, that feels through prosthesis with a body that matters, without mattering.


Supported by Arts Council England, LUX, Chelsea College of Arts, and Chelsea Arts Club Trust.

 
Cold Bodies, Warm Machines:
Art, Technology + the Posthuman
NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, 2017.
Liquid Symposium,
ICA, London, 2016.
 
 
Low Animal Spirits and Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams - performed: 
Diagram Research Use and Generation Group, ICA, London, 2015,
Liquid Symposium, ICA, London, 2016,
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, 2016, 

Cold Bodies, Warm Machines: Art, Technology + the Posthuman NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, 2017,

Xero Kline and Coma, London, 2017,

Brunel Museum Shaft, London, 2018,
Shanghai, China, 2018.
 
 

DE-LEB: NEW GRADIENTS OF MEASURE

de-leb: new gradients of measure, group exhibition curated by Ami Clarke

- reviewed in Art Monthly by Tom Emery – see here
- reviewed in thisistomorrow by Matt Turner - see here
- critics choice in digicult.it - see here

Sonic Acts Academy 2018

A reader


invited by Marija Bozonovska-Jones to contribute a Q and A for the Sonic Acts reader 


They talked about data as currency - you can read the text here


Alexa, Google, 23andMe by Ami Clarke - in SPACE Here Now tech res exhibition, and 'de-leb, new gradients of measure'

‘Alexa, Google, 23andMe’ projects the near future developments of data mining companies such as Cambridge Analytica, facilitated by the seamless interface language affords via Interactive Voice Recog units Alexa, Google Home, et al. The IVR’s draw on her experience as an adolescent at the ‘Tall Girls Clinic’ Great Ormond street children’s hospital amid new ‘readings’ of her biocode via online DNA analysis: 23andme. As they go off-script following the facebook dialog agents lead, A.I. learns language through negotiation skills, whilst trading in the ultimate data of her biocode. They can be heard contemplating the production of value within a meme economy, amidst future projections of new gradients of measure within the burgeoning techno-capitalist landscape.

New Gradients of Measure by Ami Clarke -  two dashboards accumulating new forms of measure drawn from DNA sequencing at 23andMe, whilst critiquing the phenomenon that has become known as the Genomic Gaze - all the ways that the business models of genetic research lead to highly biased outcomes - in conjunction with the work: Alexa, Google, 23andMe - see above.


Ami Clarke works within the new behaviours emerging from code and language in hyper-networked culture, with a focus on the interdependencies between language and the economy.  She developed an accumulative dashboard as critical essay throughout the exhibition period drawing on her experience as an adolescent at the ‘Tall Girls Clinic’, Great Ormond street childrens hospital, amid new ‘readings’ of her biocode via online DNA analysis: 23andme.  Several voice recog ‘dialog agents’ can be overheard brokering her data as they learn language through negotiation skills, drawing on historical forms of measure previously used to calculate what degree of rights, if any, the subject might be afforded, amidst future projections of new gradients of measure within the burgeoning techno-capitalist landscape.

'de-leb: new gradients of measure' reviewed by Matt Turner for thisistomorrow

'de-leb: new gradients of measure' curated by Ami Clarke at Banner Repeater was critics choice on Digicult.
 

A THROW OF THE DICE WILL NEVER ABOLISH CHANCE

Text as Market by Ami Clarke contribution to 

Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain

Edited by Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, and Sam Skinner

published by Liverpool Press

you can read it here
A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance, with Yuri Pattison, Elaine Sturtevant, Ami Clarke
www.x-fx.org website made by Ami Clarke with content that came of A Throw of the Dice - Thinking through the Block workshops
press on image for link to website where audio recordings of several presentations on the blockchain are held

exhibited at:

New World Order - Gallery Filodrammatica, Rijeka

New World Order - Aksioma, Ljubljana

New World Order - Futherfield Gallery 


reviewed online: State Machines (amongst many others), in print: Neural.it 2017.

 

 

'AMI CLARKE, AUTHOR OF THE BLANK SWAN'

'Ami Clarke, Author of the Blank Swan' draws on the late Elaine Sturtevant’s early practice of making works of other artists works through Haring Tag and Elie Ayache’s writing on contingency in his book The Blank Swan - with a copy of the publication Elaine Sturtevant: Author of the Quixote also on display. 

screen capture of 3D render of clay cuneiform table, with astronomical procedure text for Jupiter:

Mathematical rules for the area of a trapezoid. 
British Museum COL: http://bit.ly/26LAyRI
Model by British Museum Photographic Department.
Recently published in Science 351

Elaine Sturtevant: Author of the Quixote (2009).
Elaine Sturtevant, 2009
Editor: Udo Kittelmann
Publisher: Walter Koenig
ISBN: 9783865604729

Ami Clarke: Author of the Blank Swan
by Ami Clarke (with Elie Ayache)

The book was launched at the ICA with a talk by Ami Clarke and Elie Ayache for the ICA Technology Now series.


Through the publication of her 'writing' Chapter 4 - word for word - but notably, not as a copy - of Elie Ayache's influential book The Blank Swan: The End of Probability, artist Ami Clarke gets to the heart of the claims made in Ayache's book, directly engaging with the contingency of writing, as equivalent to pricing in the derivatives markets.

Ami Clarke: Author of the Blank Swan


Ami Clarke, Author of the Blank Swan (2016)
Ami Clarke, 2016
Published by Banner Repeater
Cover printed by Aldgate Press
ISBN 978-0-9929176-3-0

 

LOW ANIMAL SPIRITS  TWITTERBOT @LOWANIMALSPIRIT  BREAKING NEWS FLASH CRASH

Low Animal Spirits took its cue from the oft-mentioned loss of the referent in both language and the economy - and displayed an HFT algo’s portfolio as it traded in world news, live, as the twitterbot @LowAnimalSpirit tweeted speculative headlines and an associated work: Breaking News Flash Crash showed exactly how interdependent social media and the calculus of the financial markets had become, through a process of analysis and prediction of past and future behaviours.


Exhibited at Banner Repeater, End User at The Hayward Gallery, London, Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico.


see reviews here:


speculative headlines @LowAnimalSpirits

@LowAnimalSpirit twitterbot
 

LOW ANIMAL SPIRITS  TWITTERBOT @LOWANIMALSPIRIT  BREAKING NEWS FLASH CRASH

 included in DOCUMENTS OF CONTEMPORARY ART: INFORMATION  |  WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

Documents of Contemporary Art: Information

Edited by Sarah Cook


Part of the acclaimed 'Documents of Contemporary Art' series of anthologies, Whitechapel Gallery.


This anthology provides the first art-historical reassessment of information-based art in relation to data structures and exhibition curation, examining landmark exhibitions and re examining work by artists of the 1960s to early 1980s, from Les Levine and N.E.Thing Co. to General Idea and Jenny Holzer.


Artists surveyed include David Askevold, Iain Baxter, Guy Bleus, Heath Bunting, CAMP (Shaina Anand & Ashok Sukumaran), Ami Clarke, Richard Cochrane, Rod Dickinson, Hans Haacke, Graham Harwood, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth, Christine Kozlov, Steve Lambert and the Yes Men, Oliver Laric, Les Levine, Eva & Franco Mattes, László Moholy-Nagy, Muntadas, Erhan Muratoglu, Raqs Media Collective, Erica Scourti, Stelarc, Thomson & Craighead, Angie Waller, Stephen Willats, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Elizabeth Vander Zaag.


Sarah Cook is a curator and researcher, and co-author with Beryl Graham of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press, 2010). She is Dundee Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.


Paperback, 240 pages, 210 x 145 mm

ISBN 978-0-85488-248-9

First published 2016

 

LOW ANIMAL SPIRITS  |  TWITTERBOT @LOWANIMALSPIRIT  |  BREAKING NEWS FLASH CRASH

AT MUSEO DEL CHOPO, MEXICO CITY

BANNER REPEATER ARCHIVE OF ARTISTS' PUBLISHING + LOW ANIMAL SPIRITS by AMI CLARKE and RICHARD COCHRANE, with ISAAC OLVERA: THE DEATH OF PAPER at MUSEO UNIVERSITARIO DEL CHOPO, MEXICO CITY.
Exhibition: 16th April - 28th June 2015.


UN-PUBLISH 2.06 edition El Impublicado, developed with contributors to the seminars and workshops, published by Banner Repeater and Museo Universitario Del Chopo.
 

For more information about Museo Universitario Del Chopo, Mexico City - see here:

http://www.chopo.unam.mx/

 
semiotic boom: artists publishing
Artists' Self Publishing Fair ASP at ICA, London
Ami Clarke is also a publisher of artists books that often develop during periods of exhibition at Banner Repeater.
Banner Repeater Archive of Artists' Publishing - publicly sited on Hackney Downs train station, with over 4,000 people passing a day.  The Archive of Artists Publishing provides some hands-on insights into early network culture, where experiments in artists text and publishing emerge in tandem with new technological advances over the last century. Hybrid Strategies in Network Culture lecture series developed from here.