Clareese Hill

Rapid Response Fellow
2020 – 2020

Clareese Hill is a practice-based researcher. She explores the word identity through her perspective as an Afro-Caribbean American woman, and her societal role as a black feminist academic disruptor. Clareese’s interdisciplinary practice includes performance, virtual reality development, photography, experimental filmmaking, writing, and immersive installation. Clareese served as organizing assembler with fellow art researcher Elly Clarke on Occupying the In-Between, an online speculative conference that was enacted as a disruption contra to consider academic research dissemination. She has given performance lectures at Royal College of Art (London), Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK), Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, University of Sussex, City University of New York Graduate Center, and The Chicago Art Department. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, London, Cambridge, and France. Clareese holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Art Research program at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.

Rapid Response Project 

During Phase 1 of Rapid Response, Hill will create an activating methodology which will guide the creation of an online community for Black narratives, made accessible through the use of a virtual reality web platform. It will function as a restorative space to collectively question the validity of Western ideologies of knowledge production. The project will manifest as an archive that will prioritize the preservation, accessibility, authenticity, and diversity of different narratives of Blackness through care and collaboration amongst contributors, as a counter to one-dimensional narratives eroded through media perversion, toxic marketing, surveillance capitalism, and inequality in statistical data. The project asks the central question in the time of social distancing: what does it mean to be together in cyber-sociality but apart in the landscape?