Anastasia Clarke

electronic arts, music, & performance



SELF/WORK is an embodied electronic music performance that entertains notions of labor, power, and authority in matters of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Set in a dystopian retreat center, it is engaged with doctor and charlatan, placebo and medicine, and phenomena of healing that are better explained by metaphysics than by hard science.

The piece is built around the use of an unpredictable hybrid instrument-controller based on Michel Waisvisz’s cracklebox circuit. The circuit’s signals are used in different ways throughout the performance — they are alternately made audible, processed, and used as control signals for events programmed in Max/MSP.

In live performance, performers cast as ‘healer’ and ‘patient’ archetypes relate their bodies to copper ‘cracklepads’ which correspond to copper touch-points on the cracklebox. By touching two or more points at once, performers engage the electrical conductivity of their bodies to unfold a whirlwind sound design that invites a high degree of performative whimsy.

video documentation

as solo:

June 7, 2018
Excerpt from Performance at Black Iris Gallery, Richmond, VA

June 7, 2018
Excerpt from Performance at Black Iris Gallery, Richmond, VA

May 31, 2018
Excerpt from House Show in Little Rock, AR

as duo with Jennifer Gerry:

March 8, 2018
Excerpt from Signal Flow MFA Thesis Concert @ Littlefield Concert Hill, Mills College, Oakland, CA

December 3-5 2017
performance-installation @ Slide Space 123, Mills College, Oakland, CA