Karma Clarke Davis

1998, 06:35 minutes, colour, English


Mixes sampled footage from a movie about Charles Manson and the Manson Family and bootleg footage of Pink Floyd to produce a very personal (based on my upbringing as an eastern child in the west) meditation on my name and my actions in life. Taken, uses these two contrasting media figures, one, Manson, an "artist" gone terribly wrong who traded on his culture's spiritual insecurity to achieve power and a super group stepping for the first time on Japanese soil at the start of their 70s Asian Tour. Both of their stories held for me much personal resonance. These were familiar childhood icons who used eastern culture to achieve power (Manson) or who used their otherness, Floyd, their western difference, to make money. Taken is a statement of my own lack of comfort with their and my own manipulation of people, situations or ideas for our own belief.

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Critical Writing

Any While, Mean Time
by Michelle Jaques. Present Tense: contemporary project series NO.14 - Karma Clarke-Davis, 2000. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 2000.