Steven Claydon works in video, sculpture and performance. His art is underscored by a sustained focus on concepts of the artefact, the object, or the 'thing'. Often it works to highlight the ambivalent status of artefacts in human society and the uncertain transmission of knowledge between cultures and epochs. Both formal and narrative, his videos aggregate found and original footage, utilising analogue and digital formats. Through cross-processing they produce intricate visual and sonic tapestries. Agglomerative in their processes and forms, his installations problematise the mechanisms of display and received wisdoms that govern our ideas of spectacle.
Claydon studied at Chelsea School of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins, London. He has exhibited internationally, with major exhibitions including Culpable Earth at firstsite, Colchester (2012); Mon Plaisir...Votre Travail.., La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France (2011); Goldene Zeiten / Golden Times, Haus der Hunst, Munich, Germany (2010); The Ancient Set and The Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London. Performances include An Equivalence Propelled, Royal William Dockyard, Plymouth (2011); Bestiary, Cavallerizza Reale, Turin (2009); Ancient Set and Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London, (2008). In 2007 he curated the exhibition Strange Events Permit Themselves The Luxury of Occurring at Camden Arts Centre.