In Conversation: Melanie Jame Wolf with Miriam Kelly
- When 31 Mar - 31 Mar 2021
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John Fries Award finalist Melanie Jame Wolf discusses her new work Acts of Improbable Genius 2021 with curator Miriam Kelly.
Melanie Jame Wolf is a Berlin and Melbourne-based artist who makes works for theatre, gallery and screen spaces. Wolf’s works lean into a hyper-stylised pop aesthetic and use humour as a strategy to critically consider flows of immaterial capital within social, cultural and affective realms. Her new work Acts of Improbable Genius explores “the libidinal economy of comedy; who the complex machinery of desire permits to be funny, and who it does not.”
Miriam Kelly is the Curator of the John Fries Award 2019–20, and is currently Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA) (2018–).
This program is presented in conjunction with the John Fries Award finalist exhibition at UNSW Galleries 13 March – 17 April 2021. For more than a decade, the John Fries Award has recognised early-career practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand. Profiling more than 120 contemporary artists since 2009, the Award matches the philanthropic support of the Fries family with the Copyright Agency's enduring commitment to developing and sustaining artistic practices.
Image: Melanie Jame Wolf, 'Acts of Improbable Genius' 2021 (still). Two-channel digital video, single channel sound, 17:30 mins. Courtesy: the artist