Royal College of Art, UK
Melanie Jackson is an artist, and a Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London. She works with modes of non-fiction storytelling through assemblages of sculpture, writing and moving image, focused on Ur-forms of resisting biotechnocapital and their resonance in the contemporary moment.
She is founder of @thepoorhousereadingrooms. Recent solo exhibitions include Spekyng Rybawdy at Block336, London and Deeper in the Pyramid, Banner Repeater, London Grand Union, Birmingham and Primary, Nottingham, with books of the same name as part of an ongoing writing collaboration with writer Esther Leslie. Other solo shows include Matts Gallery, Flat Time House, John Hansard Gallery, the Drawing Room, Chapter Arts Centre as well as group shows nationally and internationally including eva 2020/1, Ireland’s biennale.
As part of my practice, I am founder of @thepoorhousereadingrooms, an artist led archive and rural residency space for urban based artists, and a repository and occasional publisher of artists books and editions for regional publics. The reading rooms also fold in a pedagogical role working with students and learners who want to work with archives and/or making books.
For Spacex Melanie is particularly interested in these three strands:
- Art as a Means for Investigating the Archive
- Art as a means of constructing the Archive
- Pedagogic Strategies and the Transformation and Construction of Subjectivity
And will use the secondment to research models of self organisation within spacex membership, and in archives across Europe.