AC Carter is a musician, performance artist, and garment designer currently working in Athens, GA who creates characters through internet profiles, outfits, songs, music videos, and marketing. Their current main avatar is Klypi, an elf-house artist whose music is best described as androgynous witch house, derivative of synth pop music from the 80’s and industrial music from the early 2000s.
I addition to Klypi, AC navigates a number of other characters who investigate ideas about love, gender deviancy, and authenticity, and challenges the idea that the individual is singular, rather than multiple in design. Identity is tied to the body both physically and virtually; it is a continuous site of construction and can be understood as both a building and webpage.
As their fashion-brand identity as Λ°C (Lambda Celsius), AC’s work as a clothing designer foregrounds this notion of fluid identity by thinking of materials and bodies as non-gendered — interpreted as shape, color, material, and form, in ways that mimick the shift in painting from realism to abstraction. Through the use of both construction materials (screen door mesh and zip ties) in conjunction with craft-based materials (Perler beads and felt), as well as children’s toys (such as Legos), AC joins culturally gendered and seemingly disparate materials in an attempt to design a fashion beyond societal norms.
Musically, AC has opened for artists such as Molly Nilsson, John Maus, and Girlpool, and has performed at Big Ears Festival, Athens Popfest, and Secret Stages.
Visually, AC have made garments for Jennifer Vanilla for her performance at MoMA PS1, and for the band of Montreal for their music video Plateau Phase-No Careerism No Corruption.
AC, as their performative role as themselves, also curates and organizes Ad•verse Fest, a festival for solo and duo performers cross genre underscoring DIY performance and electronic scenes in the South and across the continental US.