Christopher Clary

Rapid Response Fellow
2020 – 2020

Christopher Clary is an artist and curator queering tech culture through new media. His art has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and conferences around the world from the Palais de Tokyo in Paris to China Art Book Fair in Beijing. His Rhizome commission, a porn-novella-zip-file was Hyperallergic’s best individual work of Internet art in 2016 and was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and exhibited at Graphische Sammlung ETH Zurich in 2019. His photography was nominated for the Discovery Award at the international fair, Les Rencontres d’Arles, in France. His books, including a trilogy for the poetry collective Troll Thread, can be found in such public libraries as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and International Center of Photography. Curatorially, he co-produced with publishers GenderFail and Larker, a year of programming for the ICP Museum and Library in 2018 that included the work of Allison Parrish, American Artist, Morehshin Allahyari, Nora Khan, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, and Shiv Kotecha. Other curatorial projects include an online exhibition about safe space for The Wrong digital art biennale. Most recently Clary is hosting a talk show about webcam culture live-streamed on Chaturbate.

Rapid Response Project 

For Phase 1 of Rapid Response, Clary will work on research and early production for his ongoing project The Chrisy Show, a talk show streamed live on Chaturbate, an adult website for cammers. Through a series of solo shows, guest interviews, and audience participation, the artist will act as the host of a platform for the people who are revolutionizing sex and sex work, while providing an opportunity to interrogate the technology with which sex work is often entangled. With an eye towards the future, The Chrisy Show is on Chaturbate, the current dominant platform that is often rife with race and class-based discrimination, to exit it, and provide IRL alternatives driven by the queer community.