I saw printed on a mug the phrase “dramatic electronic music” and it stuck. The drama of my performances unfolds through the interplay of symbols of archetypes, which emerge from relationships between my electronic instruments and the bodies that activate them. Using improvisation and gentle scoring, any given performance embodies and shares a unique listening trajectory that attends to a synthesis of aural, visual, and kinesthetic streams of information. Worded/unworded speech, movement/gesture, and acoustic/electronic sounds are used to articulate this listening. Stories then unfold as integrated sensory experiences. I use storytelling to evoke empathy, and to awaken the inner voice that calls for action and resistance in all its subjective forms.
Anastasia Clarke (b. 1987, New York) is an American artist working in music, dance, theater, performance, improvisation, electronics, and performing systems. She has sculpted sound designs for Boom Bat Gesture, Mechanism Dance Theater, Jennifer Gerry, and her performance works. Recently she completed an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College, where Self/Work was awarded an Elizabeth Mills Crothers prize for outstanding musical composition. Current projects stage interactions between movement, sound, and light as means for forging active relationships between custom electronics and the body.
Anastasia Clarke performing at Confetti Machine Festival, Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY. Photographs: Verónica Puche