Briony Clarke’s Tones (Banff, Alberta, Canada)


Briony Clarke, an artist based in London, is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, with an MA in communication art and design. She also has a BA in architecture and a great sense of humor. I met her last Fall at Experimental Comedy Training Camp, a thematic artist residency program which we both attended at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Briony contributed two sounds to the Locally Toned Archive–a Whoopee Cushion Message Alert:

and her Newtown Ringtone:


Briony’s artistic practice is based on “the fabrication of Set Town–a place realized through archeologies left scattered by its inhabitants throughout the universe.” At the residency, she produced sculptural objects belonging to, and representing, a Set Town inhabitant called the Comedian. Producing practical jokes and preperatory toys (which Briony refers to as “a series of designed objects that prepare one for life experiences”), she made the above Wanking Form. The plastic toy, when shaken vigorously, emits a strange excited, ecstatic Banshee wail. To me, it sounds like someone saying, “Wake-up, wake-up, wake-up, wake-up.” Briony thinks of her objects as souvenirs of Newtown, “I’d love to see them in peoples’ homes, being actively used,” she said.


She thought of her second submission as an archetypal comedic sound. Her Whoopee Cushion Message Alert is appropriate for comedians and 9 year old boys everywhere.


You may recognize Briony from a previous Blog post. She served as performance artist Neil LaPierre’s Office Studio Assistant at Experimental Comedy Training Camp (helping out with his ringtone, too). Thank you, Briony Clarke for your humorous and art-related contributions to Locally Toned!

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