David Clark is a Canadian media artist who’s whole thing is all about bits and pieces, narrative vertigo, and informal conundrums. He has made interactive sculpture, experimental videos, a feature film, created a walk-through Periodic Table-shaped science museum, and made public art pieces combining augmented reality and storytelling. After the internet was invented, he immigrated there and has been tearing it to pieces and putting it back together with glue and tape with an eye for how stories could be told using recombinant fragments.
His long-form internet pieces including “A is for Apple” and “88 Constellations for Wittgenstein” have played in festivals and museums around the world including the Sundance Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, the European Media Arts Festival, and Transmediale. ‘A is for Apple’ won First Prize at FILE2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the ‘Best in Show’ at the 2003 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein was included in the Electronic Literature Collection #2, and won the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterwork Award in 2011.
“The End: Death in Seven Colours” + Net.art works
The End: Death in Seven Colours is a non-linear internet artwork made in the interactive authoring environment Korsakow. Seven deaths of historic figures are examined through the prism a vast, encyclopedic mash-up. The work presents an ‘exploded view’ diagram of our culture’s relationship to death and narrative closure. Like a chose-your-own-adventure conspiracy theory, The End weaves together a paranoid meta-text organized around themes of concealment, secrecy, the unknown, and the shifting boundary between animal, man and computer in the post-human era.
The deaths of Alan Turing, Sigmund Freud, Princess Diana, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland, Walter Benjamin, and Marcel Duchamp are the touchstones for many impractical segues and short circuits peppered with recurring motifs such as His Master’s Voice, 4 a.m., Snow White, the Rainbow, Chess, the Man Behind the Curtain, and an array of famous surrealist artworks that find new meaning in their entanglements with these stories.
This is a work of uncanny scholarship as the familiar and unfamiliar rub up against each other, like balloons filled with continental theory and psychoanalysis rubbed against your hair and then placed on a wall where they stay held up by static electricity and magical thinking.