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Laurie Beth Clark

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Laurie Beth Clark

Laurie Beth Clark
Video/Performance/Installation

Art Department (Art)

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Personal Biography

Laurie Beth Clark is a Professor of Non-Static Forms in the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin where, since 1985, she has taught studio classes in Video, Performance, and Installations, as well as Special Topics like Collaboration and Relational Aesthetics and more than twenty different academic seminars in Visual Culture Studies.

Clark was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She earned degrees in Art from Hampshire College (BA 1976), University of New Mexico (MA 1981), and Rutgers University (MFA 1982). Her professional associations include American Society for Theatre Research, College Art Association, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and Performance Studies international for which she served as a member of the board of directors from its inception until 2006.

Since the 1980s, Clark has made large-scale, site-specific installations and solo and collaborative performances, single-channel and multi-channel video works, and virtual environments. Early on, her work was featured as historically significant venues including Franklin Furnace, Randolph Street Gallery, WARM Gallery, and the Cleveland Public Theatre Performance Art Festival. Since that time, she has done 139 shows and performances in 35 countries on five continents. Her work has been recognized with funding from the Art Matters, Arts Midwest, Film in the Cities, Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wisconsin Arts Board and roughly one hundred review s in newspapers and periodicals.



 

 

Research Interests

Over the years, the recurring themes in Clark's work are gender and ethnicity, the nexus of employment and unemployment, and the persistence of material culture into the electronic era. Clark also collaborates with Michael Peterson under the group name Spatula and Barcode on creative projects that explore hospitality and discourse.

Parallel with her creative practice, Clark has published critical and scholarly essays in print journals including Theatre Topics (2003), TDR (2011), Performance Research (2008, 2011), electronic journals including Flow TV (2009) and Performance Paradigm (2009), and anthologies including Performance and Place (Palgrave 2006), Blaze (Cambridge 2007), The Object Reader (Routledge, 2008), The Art of Truth Telling After Authoritarian Rule (Wisconsin 2005) The Memory Market in Latin America (Duke, 2011). She has lectured all over the United States and in Argentina, Brasil, Croatia, Germany, Ghana, England, Indonesia, Korea, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, and Wales.

Since 2001, Clark has been working on a global comparative study of trauma memorials. The monograph in progress Always Already Again: Trauma Tourism and the Politics of Memory Culture includes research on apartheid memorials in South African, atomic bomb sites in Japan, clandestine torture centers in Argentina and Chile, commemoration of the American War in Vietnam, concentration camps in Germany and Poland, genocide memorials in Rwanda and Cambodia, and slave forts in Ghana.

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