Vicky Clarke

sound and visual artist / electronic musician / producer/ noise orchestra


Art Practice

Vicky Clarke is a sound artist based in Manchester at Rogue Studios. Through the creation of sound sculptures, machines and electronic compositions; her work explores methods of visualising, perceiving and uncovering material sound. She investigates sound as a material through compositions, performances and installations that involve chaos, interface design, chance systems and interaction. Working with electronic, digital and analogue textures; she uses found objects, archives, self built electronic instruments, machines and formats to interrogate and amplify the sonic properties of material and spaces both real and imagined. Vicky his currently undertaking R&D project ‘MATERIALITY: Exploring sound sculpture to interface the physical and digital in music making’ funded by Arts Council England. Working with researchers at the National Graphene Institute she created a graphene musical interface for Ableton Live which she performed with at Music Tech Fest Stockholm in 2018.

Vicky is co-founder of Noise Orchestra, a sound art project developing electronic Noise Machines that translate light into sound, currently project ‘SWARM’ noise walks, portable machines to play the light of cities, premiering at Rome Media Art Festival in 2018. Noise Orchestra were 2017-18 Artists in Residence at Pervasive Media Studios.

>Thread {}: Vicky is one third of Salford based generative textile collective >Thread {} who create generative artwork that subverts and connects textile heritage using analogue and digital processes. Working with code and human bio data, they produce digital imagery which is interpreted through print and surface pattern.

Recent solo work include ‘Breaking the sound barrier’ a response to the Delia Derbyshire archive at John Rylands Library as part of Manchester After Hours;  a commission for the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts ‘Call and Response programme; a live sound performance for ‘TRILOGIES LIVE by Susan pui san Lok’, performed live at HOME. Central Libraries Archives+ with the Greater Manchester Sound Archive where she was the first artist to work creatively with the archives and create a new composition based on reworked interviews and original recordings from the vast archive of socio-political oral histories, Jodrell Bank space archives and industrial sound recordings of Manchester. She has exhibited her work both in the UK and internationally, most recently with Udk for Transit Zone Pavillion in Berlin and through numerous artistic projects and events leading the Whitworth Young Contemporaries. With Noise Orchestra, she has undertaken residencies at the National Science & Media Museum, Q-O2 space for experimental music; Brussels and was selected on to the Arts+Tech Creative Accelerator with Madlab, ACE and received Innovate UK research study funding.


Vicky is an experienced arts manager, producer and arts educator currently working for Future Everything as Assistant Producer,  Project Manager of Disruption Young Composers Scheme at Brighter Sound and Delia Derbyshire Day. She previously led the Whitworth Young Contemporaies, the youth collective for 15-25 year olds at The Whitworth art gallery. Part of  Circuit, (a national programme led by Tate to connect 15-25 yr olds with the arts and galleries.) which aimed to transform how young people engage with galleries and culminated in WARP festival, 2016 a huge outdoor/indoor arts festival in Whitworth Park attended by 10,000 young people.

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