Approved: 16.08.2006

Elly Clarke

Artist, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

I'm interested in the impact of the digital upon our experience of the physical. As more and more of our interactions take place via technology, the place and role of the physical body and object - as well as of absence and presence - are changing. I explore this through photography (digital and analogue; screengrabs and mobile phone pix), music, performance, video, curating and participatory projects. 

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  • Location: Berlin
  • Contexts: Participatory, Project
  • Artforms: Digital, Film & video, Photography, Sound
  • Tags: alternative funding strategy, ebay, multiples & editions, trans siberia, birmingham municipal bank, former employees' stories, images through audio, installation, thrift radiates happiness, conversational traces, digital photography, long distance friendships, portraiture, skype, documentary



    Artist Statement

    I'm interested in the impact of the digital upon our experience of the physical. As more and more of our interactions take place via technology, the place and role of the physical body and object - as well as of absence and presence - are changing. I explore this through photography (digital and analogue; screengrabs and mobile phone pix), music, performance, video, curating and participatory projects. 

    #Sergina is my Drag Princess alter ego, who performs songs about life and love in the age of digitalism. First coming out for parties in around 2009, #Sergina entered my work a few years later - in music videos to start with and then live performances, which soon involved other people performing simultaneously in different cities to the same choreography, wearing the same clothes, linked up by Google Hangout and live broadcast via YouTube. In this format, #Sergina (plural) has performed in museum, gallery, queer and theatre contexts in several cities in the UK, in Europe and the USA - including The Lowry Centre, Salford Quays; Marlborough Theatre, Brighton; Kulturni Centar GRAD, Belgrade; Monster Ronson’s, Berlin, BOM, Birmingham; Secret Project Art Experiment, Brooklyn and the Island Bristol. 

    I have a BA in History of Art and a Masters in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. I have exhibited my photographic and audio work internationally and lectured at insitutions that include Munich Akademie den Bildene Kunste; Birmingham University; Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne; Central School of Speech and Drama in London and for a year was Senior Lecturer in Photography at Coventry University. 

    CV & Education


    2014 Distributed Intimacies, The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada (residency)

    2010 Goldrausch Kunstlerinnen Projekt IT, Berlin

    2007 Future of Idea Art, Banff Centre, Canada (residency)

    2002-3 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, London.

    2001-2 MA Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London (first year).

    2007-9 Four Corners Professional Development for Photographers, London

    1995-8 First Class Degree in History of Art BA (Hons) University of Leeds.



    2016 Darlings, I'm Ready for my Close Up -  Fabrica Gallery with Brighton Digital Festival

    2012 Change Settings, Techno Park Studios, Melbourne, Australia

    2011 Moscow-Beijing (solo screening), Milton Keynes Gallery,

    2010 Moscow-Beijing, Centre for Endless Progress, Berlin

    2009 Mobility and Creativity: Narrative, Representation and Performance, University of Surrey, Guildford

    2009 Time & Place, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, London

    2007 Moscow-Beijing, Globe Hub, North Shields, Newcastle, UK

    2006 Air Time-Spaces, Centre for Mobility Research, Lancaster University 

    2006 Moscow-Beijing, Other Gallery, The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada

    2003 The Broadway House Photo Project, Seven Seven, London Fields



    2015 Right Here / Right Now, The Lowry Centre, Manchester

    2015 Screening of three Sergina films at FRINGE! Festival in London

    2015 Phone Me, Don’t Write & Other Tales of Sex and Love in the Digital Age mit #Sergina, Kunstquartier Bethanien - performance

    2015 Screening of three Sergina films at Scottish Queer International Film Festival & performance

    2015 Camden Encounters, The Roundhouse & online (commission by Camden Council –

    2015 Sergina at Painted Ladies, The Club, Neukoelln, Berlin: live performance

    2015 Sergina at Pansy’s Drag Race, Sudblock, Berlin (performance)

    2014 Inheritance / act_out, GSL Projekt, Berlin (artist & curator)

    2014 Instantaneous Culture by Sergina at The Shag, Gallery 223, London. Live performance

    2014 Sex Without Bodies, Temporary Agency, Queens, New York

    2014 The Moving Image Project, Baroda; Christchurch, London; New York.

    2014 Delineator, A3 Project Space, Birmingham

    2013 On Looking, Galapagos Kunsthalle, DUMBO, New York. Curated by Daniel Kingery

    2013 Thrift Radiates Happiness, Birmingham Municipal Bank. Curated by Charlie Levine

    2012-3 Band/Ties, ARTicle gallery, BIAD, Birmingham & WIP Konsthall, Stockholm

    2012 Absence/Presence, Hotel Paravant at Tete, Berlin. Curated by Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez.

    2011 Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin

    2010 Glass Crash Feeling - Goldrausch 2010, Galerie September, Berlin

    2009 The End.. And? The Latin Collector / Frederico Sevres, New York

    2008 NeMe: In Transition: Russia 2008, Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg & NCCA, Moscow

    2008 Filmobile, London Gallery West, University of Westminster, London

    2007 The Journey/Moscow to Beijing, London Gallery West. Two-person show with Joram ten Brink

    2006 Capturing the Moving Mind, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki

    2005-6 All for Show, UK video works, Multiple venues internationally. Curated by Lee Campbell.

    2005 Mobility & Hospitality: The ethics of social relations in a mobile world. Lancaster University. 



    2012-13 FRAME_birmingham. Arts Council funded, mac birmingham & Own Art supported curatorial project by Elly Clarke, which saw unique works by 41 local & international artists installed & for sale in 31 different venues across the city of Birmingham, from the Cathedral to a nail salon. Mirrored online.

    2008-13 Clarke Gallery. Set up initially in Elly Clarke’s flat in Berlin, Clarke Gallery later brought exhibitions to other places via mobile exhibitions WUNDERKAMMER, The Mobility Project & FRAME_birmingham. Venues include Franklin Furnace, New York; mac Birmingham; Eastern Edge, St Johns, Canada; Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin; Meter Room, Coventry; The Old Joint Stock & TROVE in Birmingham.



    2015 Laughing Inverts – conversation with artist Lena Rosa Haendel in her monograph, Kehler publishers

    2015 Camden Encounters for Camden Council (web based): 

    2015 Digital Remnants: Sex Without Bodies, GUTS Magazine, Canada

    2014 Delineator, edited by Cathy Wade / A3 Project Space – text & images

    2013 Thrift Radiates Happiness, catalogue produced to accompany exhibition in the Municipal Bank

    2012 Connected Isolation/ Isolated Connectedness: Curated feature by Elly Clarke for

    2012 Change Settings: Beiiing. Review by Lisa Radford of solo show at Techno Park Studios

    2012 4 page A4 guide to accompany FRAME_birmingham, with essay by Anna Canby Monk

    2010 Alternative Funding Strategies by David Trigg, Rant 47, Axisweb

    2010 24/7 Contact. Monograph catalogue produced by Goldrausch, Berlin. Essay by Erin Manns.

    2009 Beautiful Triggers - review of Time & Place by Lee Campbell in ArtVehicle 44

    2007 The Journey / Moscow to Beijing, Catalogue produced to accompany exhibition at LGW

    2006 The Trans Siberian Photo Project by Elly Clarke (pdf), Framework, Issue 4/ Permanent Transience



    2014 Scholarship from The Banff Centre for Distributed Intimacies Residency

    2014 ACE Grants for the Arts grant for The George Richmond Portrait Project (R&D)

    2013 Scholarship from Aedas Architects for Thrift Radiates Happiness commission

    2012 ACE Grants for the Arts grant for FRAME_birmingham

    2011 ACE Grants for the Arts grant for Mobility Project at Meter Room

    2010 The De Laszlo Foundation for The George Richmond Portrait Project?

    2006 Scholarship from The Banff Centre for Future of Idea Art residency

    2005 Grant from the Swedish School of Economics for Capturing the Moving Mind