Anastasia Clarke is a 2020 Roulette Van Lier Fellow
Uncommon Circuits is an ongoing collaboration between electronic composer and 2020 Roulette Van Lier Fellow Anastasia Clarke and current ensemble members Crystal Penalosa, Samantha CC, Ilana Stuelpner, and Blue. In this second iteration of their work touchRelease Oracle, performers engage a floor-oriented electronic instrument interface to dynamically interact with a library of text, sound, and movement material that they have generated over the past year and a half. Simultaneously, Clarke unfolds sonic materials of her own choosing in a real-time interaction with the performers — monologues, dialogues, and synthesized sound-worlds gyrate and carve shapes around the collective attention and intention of listeners in the room.
The other half of the program will highlight some of Clarke’s recent electroacoustic multichannel works that take inspiration from white noise machines, crystal singing bowls, performance poetry, and computer music parlor tricks.
Anastasia Clarke is a New York-based composer, performer, and audio technologist working in live embodied electronic music performance. Her sprawling custom instrument-interfaces and deliberately confusing sound performing systems make theatre out of human-instrument interaction; therapy out of earnest sound exploration; and jokes out of the impossibility of ever understanding exactly what is going on. In addition to custom electronics, monologues, movement, and the destruction and repurposing of sound-generating materials figure heavily into Anastasia’s whimsical sonic textures, guiding performers and audiences into complex plays of attention without any hand-holding.
Clarke’s work is performed in galleries, concert halls, DIY venues and unsuspecting community spaces across the United States. Clarke has also engaged audiences through speaking and pedagogy, most recently at Cycling ’74’s Expo ’74, NIME 2018, The School for Poetic Computation, and various colleges and universities. Clarke earned an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in 2018, and has received support for subsequent work and research from the Queens Arts Fund, EMS (Stockholm), CCRMA, and a 2020 Van Lier Fellowship at Roulette.