Nathaniel Mellors, Senior Lecturer

Nathaniel Mellors

Senior Lecturer

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.

Nathaniel Mellors, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Mellors NM (In press) Fun Palace (with Junior Aspirin Records), Centre Pompidou, Paris.

  • 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) Musical Performance, All The Instruments Agree ‘The God In Hackney’.

  • Mellors NM (2017) The Aalto Natives - A Transcendental Manual. Mousse Publishing.

  • Mellors NM (2015) Past Realization – Essays on Contemporary European Art Vol. 1 –. John C.Welchman, Sternberg Press, 2015.

  • Evans D; Herbert M; Higgie J (2007) Nathaniel Mellors - Bok (Text + Work). London: Matts Gallery.

  • Mellors NM (2016) Bob Parks - The R&B Feeling.

  • Mellors NM (2015) "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Stejdelijk Museum Amsterdam and DeHallen Museum Haarlem.

  • Mellors NM (2015) European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck.

  • Mellors NM (2013) The Saprophage - Rotterdam Film Festival.

  • Mellors NM (2013) Random Acts.

  • Mellors NM (2013) Can Objects Perform? Cricoteka programme at Performa 13, New York.

  • Mellors NM (2010) The 7 Ages of Britain Teaser.

  • Mellors NM (2010) Art: Ann Demeester over Nathaniel Mellors, AVRO Kunstuur Ned2,Netherlands.

  • Mellors NM; Sutcliffe J (2015) The R&B Feeling - dir. Marcus Werner Hed and Nathaniel Mellors.

  • Morton T (2015) Taipei Biennial 2014.

  • Griffin J (2015) Out of the Light Into the Shadows – a History of the Photogram.

  • Mellors NM (2014) Life in the Fast Lane, Artforum Scene & Heard.

  • Mellors NM (2014) Naive Fascinations, Taipei Times, David Frazier.

  • Kavaliunas L (2014) I AM (NO) ROBOT - Occupy the world: Seminal art theorist Nicolas Bourriaud on Art in the New Machine Age.

  • Merjian. H. A (2013) Mascots & Muses.

  • Fabricius J (2013) Nathaniel Mellors interview with Jacob Fabricius.

  • Watson M (2013) Nathaniel Mellors - MONITOR, Rome.

  • Quaintance M (2013) Bob Parks.

  • Gianni I (2013) Nathaniel Mellors (MONITOR, Rome, Artforum Critics Picks).

  • Manfellotto M; Mamula T (2013) Catch The Butterfly and Eat It – Chris Bloor & Nathaniel Mellors interviewed by Tijana Mamula and Manuela Manfellotto.

  • Mellors NM (2013) Manfellotto.

  • Griffin J (2012) Rudely Transgressing the Borders Between the Elevated and the Profane.

  • Craen. de I (2012) Nathaniel Mellors – Cobra Museum of Art.

  • Gasparina J (2012) Nathaniel Mellors – On Appropriation & Being Appropriated – Jill Gasparina in Email Discussion with Nathaniel Mellors.

  • Sooke A (2011) Culture Review of The Year: The 5 Most Promising Artists of 2011 – In Pictures.

  • Jones J (2011) Paul McCarthy: I had this thing about exposing the interior of the body.

  • Dezeuze A (2011) 54th Venice Biennale.

  • Perry C (2011) TV Makeover.

  • Bourriaud N (In press) Taipei Biennial 2014 - The Great Acceleration - A tribute to the co-activity amongst humans, and animals, plants and objects.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche.

  • Mellors NM (In press) “The Sophisticated Neanderthal” Video Room, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland.

  • Mellors NM (In press) The Aalto Natives, Cobra Museum Amstelveen, Netherlands.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Nathaniel Mellors – The Nest, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands.

  • Mellors NM (In press) A Modest Proposal for Radical Bourgeoisie, De Hallen.

  • Mellors NM (In press) The Aalto Natives, Finland Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Ourhouse, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Ourhouse, Episode -1: ‘Time’.

  • Mellors NM (In press) "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Kunsthalle Munster Germany.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Alfred Jarry Archipelago.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Ourhouse Episode 3, ‘The Cure of Folly’.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Ourhouse E3 feat. BAD COPY, Matt’s Gallery, London.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Escape From Neolithic.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Super-spreader: Media Virus.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Tala Madani & Nathaniel Mellors.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Ourhouse E3 feat. BAD COPY, Salle de Bains, Lyon.

  • Mellors NM (In press) :Hypercolon:, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam.

  • Mellors NM (In press) NEW_CAVE_ART_NOW Stigter van Doesberg, Amsterdam.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Taipei Biennial 2014 - The Great Acceleration - A tribute to the co-activity amongst humans, and animals, plants and objects.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Giantbum’, Altermodern, Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud.

  • Mellors NM (In press) "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Prequel Dump.

  • Mellors NM (In press) INTRUSION#1, Nathaniel Mellors – Ourhouse Episodes 1&2 The View, Switzerland.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Nathaniel Mellors, Solo Exhibition.

  • Mellors NM (In press) Ourhouse Episodes1,2 & 4. Solo exhibition of work, publication and curation of film and events programme.

  • Mellors NM (2014) "The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview", Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

  • Mellors NM (2014) "The Sophisticated Neanderthal", Galerie art:concept, Paris.

  • Mellors N (2009) The Time Surgeon.

  • Mellors N (2009) Altermodern.

  • Mellors N (2009) Giantbum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau.

  • Mellors N (2009) The Time Surgeon.

  • Mellors N (2009) Giantbum, Lombard - Freid Projects.

  • Mellors N (2009) Contour 2009, 4th Biennial of Moving Image.

  • Mellors N (2008) Art & Research 2008.

  • Mellors N (2008) Agrifashionistas, Grizedale Arts/ A Foundation.

  • Mellors N (2008) Deep Screen - Art in Digital Culture: Proposal for Municipal Acquisition 08.

  • Mellors N (2008) Art Now.

  • Mellors NM (2014) Public Lecture: Boiler Room Lecture. 1 January 2014, The Wheeler Centre, State Library of Victoria.

  • Mellors NM (2014) Public lecture: Billy Wilder Theatre - Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

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

  • Mellors NM (2014) ‘Nathaniel Mellors at TBG&S’, Art Dublin, Hilary Murray.

  • Mellors NM (2014) ‘Paleo-Riot’, Rosa Abbott, Totally Dublin.

  • Mellors NM (2014) ‘I’m With Stupid’, Billion Journal 86, James Merrigan.

  • Fox D (2014) Highlights.

  • Connolly M (2013) Televisual Objects – Props, Relics & Prosthetics. Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, (33), pp. 66-77.

  • 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.

  • Mellors NM (2011) Manon Braat, ‘Nathaniel Mellors @ Cobra Museum’,, 14 December 2011.

  • 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.