2016 Year’s Beginning Letter

Dear Friends + Followers,

2016 thus far has been all about conceptualizing greater extensions for existing ideas. In recent months, I’ve been clarifying a longer-term inquiry about working with the therapeutic applications of the interactive, electronic, and performing arts. In particular, I’ve been chipping away at a vision for creating an audiovisual performance system that is at once a cyborgian stage for creating performances, and a valuable meditative and/or visceral experience for artist and viewer. There are a lot of technological, conceptual, and lingual hurdles to overcome before I get there, so I don’t expect results tomorrow—but if anyone has done anything related to this and can talk about it, reach out!

As this larger goal has come into view, I’m taking the first quarter of 2016 to re-frame my current projects as stepping stones on a path to somewhere. Exhibiting perpetually-unfinished work—work that is unaware of its own inception or completion—feels like a good place to start. It means finding ways to share practices and processes, rather than striving for finished products. It feels like finding a hearty, nutritious meal amid a sea of hors d’oeuvres.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Middle Grey releases new music on Bandcamp via NewHive
Today, January 26, 2016, Middle Grey is releasing a collection of roughly-made recordings never intended as “pieces.” The NewHive page, gorgeously designed by Jackson Randall (the other half of Middle Grey), says it all, so CLICK HERE FOR OUR MIDDLE GREY TRIPLE RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Sound activations with Sandy Gordon, Ka Baird, Daniel Carter
Sandy Gordon and I have just finished the editing process for our forthcoming tape Generations Unlimited cassette, Total Development Cost, which will be our first release together as ourselves after four years of collaboration. It uses field recordings, electronics, amplified objects and real instruments. There is no release date set yet, but we want to give you a preview in our performance on the first GU label night at Trans-Pecos, January 31 (evening with David Linton, Arcane Device, and a Chris Penalosa/Sean Julian/Gen Ken Montgomery installation). On March 6, Sandy and I will perform together again, this time in a quartet with Ka Baird and Daniel Carter (evening with Charalambides, Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski, and Somnambulists). Event details + other events are posted at anastasiaclarke.info/events.

Silent Isle + Tyler Rai
It’s been pivotal to meet and share ideas with Tyler Rai, who is currently studying movement based expressive therapy at the Tamalpa Institute in California. Tyler has been an unexpected new collaborator, bringing a refreshingly stimulating set of questions and quality of energy to the table. While we’re still articulating what it is that we’re doing, I want to leave you with a video of our first performance together at Trans-Pecos in Queens—a wonderful document by Jon Burklund (should you need a videographer, get in touch with him!), and also the best way to get to hear what I’ve been working on as Silent Isle since October.

Until Spring,

Anastasia