David Clark, MFA in Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1989. Clark is a media artist, visual artist, filmmaker, and radio producer. He teaches Expanded Media at NSCAD University in Halifax. David Clark graduated with a BFA from NSCAD in 1985. He also attended the Whitney Museum Program, 1989-1990, The Canadian Film Centre’s Interactive Arts and Entertainment Programme, 2005-2006, and New York University’s ITP Summer Camp, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020.
He has done residencies in Berlin, Norway, Belfast, Banff, Vancouver, Quebec City, and Florida. He has given invited lectures at Cambridge University, Université Paris 8, University of Wrocław, Poland, Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival, The University of Utah, the L.I.S.A. (Leaders in Software and Art) Salon, New York City, MICA in Balitmore, Sundance Film Festival, The Banff Centre, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, and The Kitchen in New York.
He has worked on SSHRC-funded research projects including: Sign After the X (with Marina Roy, UBC, 2008), (Re)Exhibiting the Canadian Films of Expo 67 (with Janine Marchessault & Monika Kim Gagnon, 2013), Explorations in Anonymous History (with Michael Darroch (University of Windsor) & Janine Marchessault (York University, 2017), and Archive/Counter-Archive (SSHRC Partnership Grant (York/Ryerson, 2018).
CURRENT RESEARCH AND/OR CREATIVE PRACTICE
David Clark is currently preparing a hybrid online digital/projection exhibition for the 50th Anniversary of the Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery that will launch in 2021. Since 2016 he has produced the collaborative experimental spoken word radio show Nothing to See Here that is broadcast in Halifax, New York, and Toronto, and is developing new podcast, radio and performance work with an international group of sound artists who are participating in this show. A recent spin-off collaboration with Aidan McMahon and Luca Carusa Moro entitled Through the Wall involving COVID audio pen pals was recently broadcast nationally on CBC’s The Doc Project. He is also working on a long writing project called The Nine Lives of Schrödinger’s Cat.
He has shown his work at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, the Biennale Nationale de Sculpture Contemporaine, Trois-Rivières, the Sundance Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, The 2012 Winter Olympics, and the Museum of Moving Images in New York. In 2006 the MICA Galleries in Baltimore organized a survey exhibition of his work. He has recently been included in two major surveys of electronic literature at museums in Mexico City and Barcelona.
He won First Prize at FILE2002, Sao Paulo and the ‘Best in Show’ at the 2003 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. His net art work 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein has been taught widely in electronic literature classes around the world. It was included in the Electronic Literature Collection #2 and has been selected to be archived by The British Library. His work has been discussed in many recent publications including: The Digital Imaginary: On The Emerging Shapes of Literary, Cinematic and Database Art by Roderick Coover, Electronic Literature by Scott Rettberg, The Baroque Technotext: Literature in a Digital Mediascape by Elisabet Takehana, and Memory in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences by N. Katherine Hayles.
In 2011, 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein won the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.