Explorations in Anonymous History by David Clark

Explorations in Anonymous History

NSCAD Professor David Clark is traveling to Germany to exhibit a new interactive digital work entitled “Explorations in Anonymous History” at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin as part of the Transmediale Festival.  This piece is part of a SSHRC-funded collaboration with York University and the University of Windsor that examines the experimental academic journal ‘Explorations’, published by Marshall McLuhan and the Toronto School in the 1950’s. Clark’s work will be on exhibit at the McLuhan Salon at the Berlin Embassy before touring to the ZKM as part of a larger exhibition about McLuhan in the fall.


Professor Clark will also be participating in the Stuttgarter Filmwinter, a Festival of Expanded Media in Stuttgart where he has curated an exhibition of virtual reality by artists called New Angles to the Given Water. This exhibition features artists from the United States, Australia, and Israel each who approach using virtual reality and 360 video as an artistic medium differently.

If you are in Berlin drop in and say ‘Hi’.

David Clark is a Halifax artist working in a wide variety of modes including drawing, sculpture, digital media, film, video, and sound. He is known for his large-scale interactive works for the web: “88 Constellations for Wittgenstein” and “A is for Apple”, work that has been exhibited at festivals and exhibitions around the world including the Sundance Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, the European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale in Berlin, and the Museum of Moving Images in New York. His work has won the top awards at FILE, Sao Paulo, and the SXSW Interactive Festival. “88 Constellations for Wittgenstein” was included in the Electronic Literature Collection #2 and won the 2011 Nova Scotia Masterwork Award. He completed a public commission that used Augmented Reality to link an iPhone app to 24 sundials installed at Sir Sandford Fleming Park in Halifax. He teaches Media Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax.

Artist Statement

‘My career in art has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. At times I have been a sculptor, a filmmaker, or a digital media artist. I feel that I am, consistently, a collagist; I sample the world and reform it and reorganize it in new juxtapositions. I am interested in narrative but feel more comfortable presenting stories as a territory to explore rather than a contrived linear story. Aspects of my practice are very material and intuitive and yet I also explore ephemeral media such as Augmented Reality or deploy strict conceptual structures to guide my explorations.’


Canadian Embassy in Berlin Photo Credit: Benjamin Vander Steen