Approved: 16.08.2006

Elly Clarke

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am an artist interested in the performance and the burden (‘the drag’) of the physical body in an increasingly digitally mediated world, as well as the snap-to-grid of templates. I work with analogue and digital photography, video, music, and community-based projects – and #Sergina, a border-straddling, multi-bodied drag queen who, across one body and several, sings and performs songs online and offline about love, lust and loneliness in the mesh of hyper-dis/connection. In this format, #Sergina (plural) has performed in venues of all persuasions in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. Over the past 10 years, #Sergina has been embodied and sculputed by Vladimir Bjelicic, Raul de Nieves, Katy Pendlebury, Thomas Doherty, Liz Rosenfeld, Matt Miwa, Kaajel Patel and Shiva Raichandani.

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    Artist Statement

    I am an artist interested in the performance and the burden (‘the drag’) of the physical body in an increasingly digitally mediated world, as well as the snap-to-grid of templates. I work with analogue and digital photography, video, music, and community-based projects – and #Sergina, a border-straddling, multi-bodied drag queen who, across one body and several, sings and performs songs online and offline about love, lust and loneliness in the mesh of hyper-dis/connection. In this format, #Sergina (plural) has performed in venues of all persuasions in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. Over the past 10 years, #Sergina has been embodied and sculputed by Vladimir Bjelicic, Raul de Nieves, Katy Pendlebury, Thomas Doherty, Liz Rosenfeld, Matt Miwa, Kaajel Patel and Shiva Raichandani.

    I have exhibited my photographic, audio and performance work internationally, including at Galerie Wedding, Berlin; Kiasma, Helsinki; Franklin Furnace, New York; The Other Gallery, Banff, Canada and Techno Park Studios, Melbourne, and have taught at insitutions that include Munich Akademie den Bildene Kunste; Birmingham City University; Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne; Coventry University; Central School of Speech and Drama in London and, currently, on the MFA programme at Goldsmiths.

    From 2008-13 I ran Clarke Gallery out of my 2-room apartment in Berlin. I am now dragging my way through a PhD at Goldsmiths, looking at the drag of physicality in the digital age alongside a study of early netcast performances commissioned and presented by Franklin Furnace in New York, 1998-2000.

    CV & Education

    EDUCATION

    2019 - ongoing PhD Candidate in Art at Goldsmiths

    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).

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

     

    RESIDENCIES & TRAINING:

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

    2010 Goldrausch Kunstlerinnen Projekt IT, Berlin

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

    2007-9 Four Corners Professional Development for Photographers, London

     

    SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS / COMMISSIONS

    2021 Research Residency Installation, Hamilton MAS, Felixstowe, Suffolk

    2020 #Sergina at The Knot, Ottawa, Canada

    2020 Wandsworth Words, Commissioned by Wandsworth Borough of London

    2019 #Sergina's Participatory Soap Opera about Wrestling with Wellbeing in the Digital Age, ONCA, Brighton - (solo #Sergina performance produced & performed with Vladimir Bjelicic)

    2018 Queer Encounters King’s Cross
    Everyman Cinema King’s Cross and at Fringe! Film Festival
    27-minute single-shot film and 10 ‘Encounters’ about queer memories of
    King’s Cross in the 1980s, 90s and 00s.

    2018 A Class(y) Lecture by Elly Clarke, Galerie Wedding, Berlin
    Solo lecture performance leading to is based on The George Richmond
    Portrait Project and themes of class, expectation, privilege and belonging.

    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

     

    SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCE NIGHTS

    2021 #SERGINA’s Stimulatingly Sexy Song Stuffed Seminar cum Webinar
    For Qwe’re London at Matchstick Piehouse Theatre, Deptford, London –
    performed simultaneously online (via Zoom) and offline (in person).

    2020 LOUD + CLEAR
    ONCA Gallery, Brighton – curated by Nadia Buyse
    Live performance and video at group exhibition

    2017 Phone Me Don’t Write
    SOHO20 Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
    Live Skype performance by #Sergina from a sofa in Tottenham to opening
    night of LINQOX CRISS ON THE RIVER ILISSUS. Curated by Amanda T Pohan.

    2015-16 #Sergina’s Stimulatingly Sexy Simultaneous Simulation of Herself,
    as part of exhibition Right Here / Right Now at The Lowry, Salford Quays
    Commission for simultaneous online/offline networked performance that
    took place at the Lowry, Salford Quays,  with simultaneous performers
    performing from and in The Island in Bristol, Monster Ronson’s Ichiban
    Kareoke in Berlin, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn & in Belgrade.
    Curator: Karen Newman.

    2015 Screening of three #Sergina music videos 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
    Year-long commission Camden Council as part of #Camden50 to produce a series of artistic photo/audio/video encounters with 21 residents of the Borough of Camden. Curator: Charlie Levine. https://camden50.co.uk/projects/camden

    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 Half Crowns in their Petticoats, Birmingham as part of Thrift Radiates Happiness, Birmingham Municipal Bank. Curated by Charlie Levine
    Site-specific audio commission & installation of interviews with people who
    used to work for Birmingham’s Municipal Bank in the bank's former HQ building.
    http://ellyclarke.com/index.php?/news/half-crowns-in-their-petticoats/

    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. 

     

    CURATORIAL PROJECTS

    2014 Inheritance / Act_Out (artist & curator)
    GSL Projekt, Berlin - 3 person show with Kerstin Hoenit & Lisa Jugert

    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.

     

    PRINT / WEB

    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 Culturehall.com

    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

     

    AWARDS / GRANTS

    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