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Apr112013

Billy Clark

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Apr112013

As founding Artistic Director of CultureHub, Billy Clark has overseen the development of CultureHub’s artistic, education, and community programs since its inception in 2009. At CultureHub, he has overseen and curated over 300 events featuring more than 100 artists from over 35 countries. With the CultureHub team, he has curated the annual Media Arts Festival, Refest, which showcases the artists working at the intersection of art and technology in a three-day, all ages festival each year. He directed and co-designed visual elements for Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky’s piece Seoul Counterpoint, which premiered at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre in 2013. Seoul Counterpoint was subsequently presented in conjunction with Asia Society’s exhibition, Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot in October 2014. For the La MaMa Galleria, he co-curated Mediated Motion, an exhibit of works that explored how video and new media technologies alter human movement and our perception of the body in motion, and featured works by Whitney V. Hunter, Nina Waisman, Lisa Parra, and others. For the annual La MaMa Moves! festival of contemporary dance, Clark curated and directed Digital Duets, an evening of partnered dances performed in real time on two continents in an interactive environment.

A graduate of the Experimental Theater Wing at New York University, where he received an Award for Exemplary Work and Achievement, Clark performed with many notable artists including Yoshiko Chuma, The Bread and Puppet Theater, Maureen Fleming and Theodora Skipitares. He has been a member of the Great Jones Repertory Company since 1996. His work with the company includes: Ellen Stewart’s Oedipus, Seven Against Thebes, and Antigone; Andrei Serban and Elisabeth Swados’ Fragments of a Greek Trilogy: Medea, Electra, and Trojan Women; as well as Andrea Paciotto and Mia Yoo’s Geranos. He toured with the company extensively to such places as Italy, Turkey, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Japan, and Korea. He has been a dancer in Tamar Rogoff’s Dance Company. Performances with the Company include: Demeter’s Daughter, a site-specific performance; The Dying Swan Convention; and Daughter of a Pacifist Soldier, performed at the La MaMa Annex, The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), Middlebury College (Vermont). He has also danced in two of Min Tanaka’s World Premiers, Romance and Fire Story, and has trained and worked on Tanaka’s farm in Japan. Billy is a founding member of the Brooklyn-based performance ensemble Morgon Kara, for which he directed three works: Fall, Morgan Kara’s first multi-media piece, Egypt Project: The Journey of the Mummy (commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art and performed to record breaking numbers in the museum’s Egyptian gallery) and Birdman (a site-specific piece funded by Dancing in the Streets and performed on a Brooklyn pier overlooking the Manhattan skyline). He is currently a professor at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, has taught at CUNY Hunter College, and has been a guest lecturer at Sarah Lawrence College and NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He was choosen as one of the 100 Top Creatives by Origin Magazine in 2015.

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