Undertow, 2017, Rachel Clarke

An undertow – a contradictory force that pulls things into its influence – inspired this piece following the inauguration of Donald Trump. A 3D-simulated cyclone acts as a metaphor for political turbulence. The subliminal flashes of imagery that interrupt the cyclone are intended to elicit anxiety; the imagery represents causes and effects of climate change, reflecting my growing concerns about global warming in the new political era of climate change denial. The vortex form at the heart of the simulation is echoed through the temporal form of the piece: the intervals of flashing imagery relate back to the geometry of the vortex.


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Rachel Clarke

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Rachel Clarke is an artist and professor of new media art at California State University, Sacramento, CA. Her work intertwines themes of nature, culture, and technology; combining physical and virtual modes of making. It involves video and animation, installation, augmented reality, and experimental 3D. It has been shown in galleries, museums, new media art festivals, and film screenings nationally and internationally. She has shown at Bronx Art Space, NY; ISEA Vancouver BC, Canada; Another Year in LA gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Balance/Unbalance at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Aggregate Space, Oakland, CA; WORK Detroit, MI; and Currents Festival in Santa Fe, NM. Residencies include Signal Culture, NY. Working in collaboration with Sacramento Metropolitan Art Commission she was artist and co-curator for an NEA funded augmented reality public art project, Broadway Augmented located in the Broadway Corridor in Sacramento, that launched in fall 2014. In 2011 she co-curated The Real-Fake: Simulation Technology after Photography with artist Claudia Hart; the show toured in the US in 2012 http://www.real-fake.org/. In 2014 she co-edited The New Romantics catalog with Hart and Nicholas O’Brien, published by Intellect Books. Clarke serves on the Board of the New Media Caucus and is the founding editor of their international journal, Media-N.



Myers School of Art

Emily Davis Gallery
Myers School of Art - University of Akron

150 E. Exchange St Akron, OH 44325


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider:C8 is voxel.


Jason Ferguson Lecture

March 21, 2017 7:00pm


April 3, 2017 5:00-7:00pm