Project Space, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA

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Mel Day is an interdisciplinary artist working across a range of media including immersive film installations, painting, photo-based works, and participatory projects. She is known for her hybrid media installations in which the role of doubt, the unknown, and the instability of belief systems of all kinds complicate our ideas of truth and lay the groundwork for dialogue among potentially insular groups. Recent state-of-the art turbulence simulations and collaborations with computational scientist Frank Ham explore the unstable edge of visual intelligibility, the technologically sublime structure of chaos. In the evolving multi-channel video and audio installation Doxology, she shares footage of her large family as an incoherent (and sometimes harmonious) choir humming the same hymn at decade-long intervals. Currently her work is focused on the role of collective singing in civic engagement. She is building a “Wall of Song” with Michael Namkung—a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Day is a Canadian-British artist currently living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited and screened her work in venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Film Festival, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus and The Berlin Office in Germany, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, ZERO1 Biennale, and Peak Gallery in Toronto. Recent residencies include Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni New Works Award and MFA Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Schwandorf, Germany), and The Lab, SF. Other honors include San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts, Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts from UC Berkeley, and the Sam Francis Distinguished Alumni Award. Day is currently a Visiting Lecturer at San Jose State University. She holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Queen’s University, Canada with a year’s study at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.