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Nathaniel Mellors


About Nathaniel Mellors

Current Teaching

Nathaniel Mellors is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture & Design. He is also an adviser at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.

Research Interests

The complex relationship between language and power is a recurring theme in Nathaniel Mellors' multi-faceted work, typically manifesting itself in absurdist, humorous narratives that reveal a penchant for satire and the grotesque.

Mellors makes film and video, sculpture, painting, mechanized (animatronic) sculpture and music. Script-writing underpins a lot of Mellors visual work as he explores different approaches to the development of his original texts in a variety of media. Parodying the formats and structures through which information is popularly conveyed – such as the television drama, political broadcast, critical analysis or avant-garde plays - Mellors sets up theatrical frameworks to test the line between meaningful content and incomprehensibility. At the core of his practice lies a fascination with the relationship between word and effect.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (4)

  • Mellors NM (2013) Simona Cresci, Nathaniel Mellors - MONITOR, Rome Flash Art Italian edition, Feb 2013
  • Mellors NM (2013) 'Full Stream Ahead - Artists' Moving Image', Sight & Sound, June 2013, p.68
  • Connolly M (2013) Televisual Objects - Props, Relics & Prosthetics
    https://doi.org/10.1086/672021
  • Mellors NM (2011) Manon Braat, 'Nathaniel Mellors @ Cobra Museum', Kunstbeeld.nl, 14 December 2011

Artworks (12)

  • Mellors NM (2014) "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
  • Mellors NM (2014) "The Sophisticated Neanderthal", Galerie art:concept, Paris.http://moussemagazine.it/nathaniel-mellors-artconcept/#sthash.wkH4DwxF.dpuf
  • Mellors N (2009) Altermodern
  • Mellors N (2009) Contour 2009, 4th Biennial of Moving Image
  • Mellors N (2009) Giantbum, Lombard - Freid Projects
  • Mellors N (2009) Giantbum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau
  • Mellors N (2009) The Time Surgeon
  • Mellors N (2009) The Time Surgeon
  • Mellors N (2008) Agrifashionistas, Grizedale Arts/ A Foundation
  • Mellors N (2008) Art & Research 2008
  • Mellors N (2008) Art Now
  • Mellors N (2008) Deep Screen - Art in Digital Culture: Proposal for Municipal Acquisition 08

Books (3)

Compositions (1)

  • Mellors NM (2014) Musical composition-Recording, God in Hackney - Cave Moderne Junior Aspirin, Records LP & MP3, ASP0026

Conference contributions (2)

  • Mellors NM (2014) Public lecture: Billy Wilder Theatre - Hammer Museum, Los Angeles .
  • Mellors NM (2014) Public Lecture: Boiler Room Lecture The Wheeler Centre, State Library of Victoria 01/01/2014.

Exhibitions (26)

  • Mellors NM. Giantbum', Altermodern, Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud., 03/02/2009-26/04/2009
  • Mellors NM. Nathaniel Mellors, Solo Exhibition, 01/01/2013-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Ourhouse Episodes1,2 & 4. Solo exhibition of work, publication and curation of film and events programme, 01/01/2011-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Prequel Dump, 27/02/2016-23/04/2016
  • Mellors NM. Ourhouse, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, (In press)-01/01/2013
  • Mellors NM. Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche, 01/01/2013-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Ourhouse Episode 3, 'The Cure of Folly', 01/01/2012-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Ourhouse E3 feat. BAD COPY, Salle de Bains, Lyon, 01/01/2012-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Ourhouse E3 feat. BAD COPY, Matt's Gallery, London, 01/01/2012-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Nathaniel Mellors - The Nest, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands, 01/01/2011-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. :Hypercolon:, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 01/01/2011-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Tala Madani & Nathaniel Mellors, 28/03/2014-09/05/2014
  • Mellors NM. "The Sophisticated Neanderthal" Video Room, Centre for┬áContemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland., 07/05/2014-25/05/2014http://csw.art.pl/index.php?action=aktualnosci&s2=1&id=987&lang=eng
  • Mellors NM. INTRUSION#1, Nathaniel Mellors - Ourhouse Episodes 1&2 The View, Switzerland, 13/04/2014-12/06/2014
  • Mellors NM. NEW_CAVE_ART_NOW Stigter van Doesberg, Amsterdam, 05/04/2014-10/05/2014http://www.stigtervandoesburg.com/exhibitions/new-cave-art-now
  • Mellors NM. "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin., 05/09/2014-01/11/2014
  • Bourriaud N. Taipei Biennial 2014 - The Great Acceleration - A tribute to the co-activity amongst humans, and animals, plants and objects., 03/09/2014-04/01/2015http://www.seismopolite.com/nicolas-bourriaud-notes-for-the-great-acceleration-taipei-biennial-september-13-january-4
  • Mellors NM. A Modest Proposal for Radical Bourgeoisie, De Hallen, 01/01/2015-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Super-spreader: Media Virus, 01/01/2015-(In press)
  • Mellors NM. Alfred Jarry Archipelago, 18/10/2015-14/02/2016
  • Mellors NM. Taipei Biennial 2014 - The Great Acceleration - A tribute to the co-activity amongst humans, and animals, plants and objects., 03/09/2014-04/01/2015https://www.taipeibiennial.org/2014/en/index.html
  • Mellors NM. Ourhouse, Episode -1: 'Time', 06/02/2016-04/06/2016http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/1018-nothing-happens-twice
  • Mellors NM. The Aalto Natives, Finland Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale., 18/02/2017-26/11/2017http://www.labiennale.org/en/art/2017/national-participations
  • Mellors NM. Escape From Neolithic, 17/11/2017-20/01/2018http://www.monitoronline.org/
  • Mellors NM. "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Kunsthalle Munster Germany., 08/12/2017-10/03/2018
  • Mellors NM. The Aalto Natives, Cobra Museum Amstelveen, Netherlands., 15/12/2017-25/02/2018

Films or broadcasts (8)

  • Bob Parks - The R&B Feeling (2016) Mellors NM. :
  • "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Stejdelijk Museum Amsterdam and DeHallen Museum Haarlem. (2015) Mellors NM. :
  • European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck (2015) Mellors NM. : Neanderthal Container - screening
  • Can Objects Perform? Cricoteka programme at Performa 13, New York (2013) Mellors NM. : Performa 13
  • Random Acts (2013) Mellors NM. : Channel 4, UK (Two screenings of TSNI (Sporgo) on Channel 4)
  • The Saprophage - Rotterdam Film Festival (2013) Mellors NM. :
  • The 7 Ages of Britain Teaser (2010) Mellors NM. : BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p006yyn1
  • Art: Ann Demeester over Nathaniel Mellors, AVRO Kunstuur Ned2,Netherlands. (2010) Mellors NM. :

Internet publications (4)

Newspaper or magazine articles (20)

Other (4)

  • Mellors NM (2014) Artist in residency, MONASH
  • Mellors NM (2014) Winner-Contemporary Art Society Annual Award
  • Mellors NM (2014) 'Exile from E-den', Maeve Connolly, Temple-Bar Gallery
  • Mellors N (2007) 00s-The History of a Decade that Has not Yet Been Named

Performances (4)

  • Mellors NM (In press) Musical Performance, All The Instruments Agree 'The God In Hackney'
  • Mellors NM (In press) Radical Languages, Cricoteka, Krakow (The God in Hackney)
  • Mellors NM (In press) Socrates That Practices Music for Junior Aspirin Records, Performa Biennial 2011, New York
  • Mellors NM (In press) Fun Palace (with Junior Aspirin Records), Centre Pompidou, Paris
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