… is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist whose work employs data and generative self-programmed compositional environments. Melissa is an educator, curator, and an artist working at the intersections of research, data, science, and design. She extrapolates research and observation into multimedia installations, generative video and sound sculptures, performances, and printed images. Melissa was a recent artist in residence with Clock Tower at Pioneer Works and the Simon’s Center for Geometry and Physics. Clarke has performed and exhibited her multimedia work at spaces such as: Pioneer Works, NY, Loop Festival, Barcelona, Center for New Music, CA, Interactive Art Fair, FL, Eastern Bloc, CAN, Reverse Art Space, NY, 319 Scholes, NY, Eyebeam, NY, Issue Project Room, NY, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, NY, Electronic Music Foundation, NY, and with the Queens Museum, NY. Clarke successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her arctic travels and research. Her work has been featured by the Art F City, Creators Project and with publications such as the Village Voice, Kickstarter, Art 21, Blouin Art Info, Impose Magazine, and Columbia University’s State of the Planet. Clarke is a graduate of NYU’s ITP program with a Tisch Fellowship. She is currently a lecturing professor at SUNY Stony Brook teaching interactive installation art, introduction to computational art, animation and web art.
Melissa often works across mediums as a way to look at hybridizations of wilderness and technological spaces—towards considerations of nature at the center of human experience, myth, science, and information collection. She’s interested in open source tools with a background in interaction and electronic visual and audio art. Clarke creates custom hardware and software systems for her projects. In 2012 Clarke went on an Arctic expedition, where she traveled up the west coast of Greenland for a month conducting research and collecting data for her work. Her recent multi-media installation Sila is based on this expedition.
With her installation project, Untitled Antartica, Clarke endeavored to reconnect seismic data collected from beneath Antarctic glaciers with its organic source. Using sound, video projection, wood, and glass sculpture, she creates immersive neolandscapes giving physical form to the information collected about the giant landmass and the terrain beneath the seas surrounding it. Her 2013 Sila installation looked at Arctic data along with a strong anthropological approach, as she met many native Greenlandic people that influenced the work. Clarke began working with underwater terrain data in 2008 when she was invited to create an installation by the Electronic Music Foundation that culminated in a sight specific interactive installation in the hull of the lightship Frying Pan, NY. Clarke choose to work with subbottom profile data that described the riverbed of the Hudson as it was carved by the last ice age retreat. From that time she has produced multimedia installations expanding on her interests in climate, data, and landscape.