In multimedia installations, objects and sewn textures Michaela Melián gives visibility to complex subject matter. Her concertante spatial installation "Chant du Nix", which was shown at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof in 2020 is dedicated to the beginnings of radio and its signature melodies. Via prepared public address loudspeakers typically used in outdoor places for announcements, the sounds and voices contained in her audio tracks wandered through the space setting it and the loudspeaker audience in motion. At the same time, the projection of a shell drawing traced the walls of the Kunstverein. Both the shell and the sounds bear reference to the era of radio, when the promisising opportunity to hear the world was contained in an ear shell. Melián’s annual edition for the Kunstverein picks up on this motif. A continuous thread, sometimes stretched, sometimes hanging, “draws” the contours of a sea shell in small stitches. The sea shell and the ear shell, as well as radio before digitality, are connected by a noise.
Michaela Melián (*1956, lives in Hamburg und München) is a visual artist, musician and founding member of music band F.S.K. Since 2010 she is a professor of Time-based Media at HFBK Hamburg. Her work has been recently shown at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Munich, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Kunsthalle Mannheim and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe. Her radio plays are being broadcasted by Bayrischer Rundfunk and Deutschlandfunk. In 2018 Melián was recipient of the prestigious Edwin-Scharff-Preis der Freien und Hansestadt Stadt Hamburg.