Elly Clarke

I am an artist interested in the changing feel and experience of the physical (organic) body in an increasingly digitally-mediated (controlled/surveilled) and experienced world. Since the late ’90s I have observed and responded to new popular developments in communication technologies as they have emerged – internet / first mobile phone / smart phone / and now AI / VR / AR – questioning at each stage the impact they have upon sense of self, sense of physicality and body, sense of place, space, history and identity. My practice incorporates music, offline and online (networked) performance, drag, text, curating, photography (digital and analogue) and participatory and collaborative projects, often with an emphasis on story-telling. Since 2014, my drag alter-ego #Sergina has become a primary muse through which I explore many ideas about physical/digital presence. Songs I write about love, lust and loneliness in the digital age are performed by #Sergina in singular and plural-body format, in one or more places at once, linked up and live broadcast via Google Hangout and other platforms. By offering #Sergina as an open-source identity that can be embodied (/worn) by different people, I propose that identity need not be fixed to one singular individual, but can be transferable and even viral and through it I question and play with hierarchies of digital and physical presence.

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Instagram: @digitalb0dy / @eleanorboileau / @serg1na

Twitter: @elly_clarke / @_sergina

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