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Spiral Form

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2020

Computer controlled pen on paper

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Dimensions: 42cm (H) x 30cm (W) / 16.5" (H) x 11.8" (W)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Spiral Form is a realisation of a simple, elegant growth algorithm. Moving out from the centre, each connected series of circles grows longer, and the circles themselves grow larger. The radial length - the distance from the centre - also grows, but the radial amplitude and frequency of the oscillations - the waves - remain constant. The combination of these factors crestes the different types of overlaps and interactions which occur across the piece, and, to me, create a sense of an unfolding process - a ripple, or the growth of a strand of algae.

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Born: 1989

Hometown: York

Based in: York

Desmond Clarke (b. 1989) is a composer, visual artist and oboist based in the North of England. His work has been performed and exhibited extensively around the UK as well as throughout Europe and in North America.

Throughout his multi-disciplinary practice, Desmond’s work unpicks the relationships between underlying processes and their resultant forms at micro and macroscopic scales.

His recent visual work, largely borne out of the 2020 lockdown, focuses on exploring the limits of legacy printing hardware with modern algorithmic processes to create structures and forms that articulate the friction between order and randomness found in the natural world.

Ongoing musical projects as of 2021 include a series of works using fixed and live-generated video scores to explore the boundaries and overlaps between notated and improvised music, and a number of audiovisual installations.

In 2016 he completed a PhD in composition at the University of York with Dr Martin Suckling, and has attended festivals and residencies at, amongst others, IRCAM, the Banff Centre, and the HighSCORE festival in Italy at which he was awarded the 2013 festival prize for his string quartet Insect-Wood-Growth. In 2015 he won the RPS Composition Prize, and was selected as one of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's inaugural young composers in residence.

He has worked with numerous professional and amateur ensembles including, amongst many others, the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Cikada and the Philharmonia Orchestra.


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