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Mel Chil
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Digital, Installation, Performance
I am...
a musician concerned with opening music out to other worldly resonances, which in turn become coloured and inflected by music. I am particularly inspired by ideas in educational philosophy that deal with enculturation, socialisation and artistic pedagogies of resistance. My background as a musician/composer as well as experience teaching music in schools led me to begin a PhD that looks at what the creation of electroacoustic and sound-based music can contribute to the social imagination. My works have been performed in Australia and Italy, broadcast live on national radio in both countries and several of my pieces have been released through Move Records (Australia). This year I exhibited sound installations at fortyfive downstairs with Michelle Hamer and at Formverk Art Space, Sweden with Michael Chang's collaborative project, Exquisite Corpse. In another life I performed post-war compositions for flute and ensemble. I am the recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship (2007).
About my artwork
prickly, timbral, melodic, breathy, cyclical, poetic, expressive, clangy, imaginary, a translation from the field
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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I want to live in a castle..

"I want to live in a castle.." is constructed from materials recorded in a chaotic music classroom where I was music teacher for a time. In the classroom at this challenging school, playing percussion instruments became a way for many children to summon parts of the self left unnoticed in the academic classroom. Instruments were an engaging tool used by struggling selves to become robust and resilient. When I made "I want to live in a castle.." I was thinking about the performative aspects of… Continue

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 5:55

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At 11:01 on May 19, 2009, alison williams said…
thats ok - yes or if there is an online link to listen send me that -
shout if you ever need weird new works - or ambient cinema....
yknow. odd disjointed things. dreamscapes - when i travel i record new images... not always body stuff or performances. at moment got little time - but i will edit and send you if you ever need or want ;)
At 7:52 on September 15, 2008, Leith O'Malley said…
No, I only paint Mel.. film is a fantastic medium but I'm chained to the brush in this life..

Take care :)
At 14:00 on September 9, 2008, Simone Stoll said…
Hello Mel, your sounds are so intriguingly nice, when I seem to function so visually, but i love sounds and inspiring music
At 13:03 on July 28, 2008, Rosalind Hall said…
Hey Mel I've finally put some of my music up! Let me know what gigs you've got coming up:)
At 17:02 on July 23, 2008, Antti Pussinen said…
Want to participate in a collective sound installation presented in Kiasma (contemporary art museum of Finland), Helsinki and Conflux festival New York? Work is about urban silences and allows the viewer (or listener) to mix and loop different urban silences together. do you have a video camera or other recorder for sound? please msg me ASAP if intrested or if you want more info

-Antti Pussinen
At 5:22 on July 18, 2008, Anna Jaros said…
hello, thanks for your comment, I like art in the city...it was great experience

At 19:25 on June 27, 2008, Christian Leduc said…
thank you for your comment. enjoy life and art!
At 10:54 on June 24, 2008, Dan Green said…
I saw a cellist the other night, playing through a tape lop machine and an oscillator. Fascinating how she began to alter the sounds it made, used some vocals as well. It all got quite dark, thought she might be trying to summon something at one point! Can't remember her name though, although she had been collaborating with Tony Conrad (which is probably why I went!). Went to a talk a few months ago looking at composing and how the sounds of the city can be considered music in their own right, or used as instruments. The woman talked about Elsa Marie Pade, using different graphic ways of using scores etc to form the basis for the sound. The lady has a blog somewhere, www.autograf.com/hodkinson I think - might be useful!

I guess that the way the music is composed is important, look at the scratch orchestra and how they used the idea of improvised collaborative working, but with a structure underneath it all. Shame it all imploded really!

As for those paintings, I've never really thought about them that much, they began as drawings which I've been doing for as long as I can remember, way before I knew anything about 'art'. I see why you say about the rhythm in them, thats a really interesting insight, Rhythm is something I've always been obsessed with - can't get away from always having a rhythm in there somewhere whatever it is I do!

As far as the breath stuff goes, do you know of Mikhail Karikis? He does alot with vocal noises, coughs etc. Really good.
At 19:56 on June 18, 2008, Maylee anne Jones said…
Hi Mel
thanxs, If you click on the art I have written blogs for each, the street art is about the social divide and fear of the hooded youths in uk. The door images are a curiosity of what social interaction is hidden inside. The yellow and blue photography is a play on Monopoly and the decline of economics, my belief is that bankers greed has caused this social demise. I call it Conolopy...:) mx
At 23:04 on June 16, 2008, Maylee anne Jones said…
Hi Mel
Really enjoyed listening to your art
I will be back soon for more :)


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