Melanie Jame Wolf is an Australian artist born in Launceston, Tasmania now living and working between Melbourne and Berlin. She works solo and with friends, making interdisciplinary pieces about flows of immaterial capital: social, cultural, and affective. She examines these economies and entanglements through works for theater, gallery, and screen spaces.
Coming from a 10 year background in contemporary performance, Melanie Jame now works mainly with text, sound, video, choreography, & installation. Concerning herself with the poetics and problematics of ghosts, class, pop, sensuality, gender, narratology, and the body as a political riddle, Wolf pursues an ongoing interest in analysing the idea of performance-as-labour in artistic, popular entertainment, and everyday contexts. Her work often produces taxonomies of performance techniques, for example: of impersonation, melodrama, or stand up. She does this in order to understand them as potential mechanisms of social survival and also as engines for potential fluidities of subjectivity from a queer-feminist perspective.
Formally, her current focus rests in how senses of liveness work for and through the camera lens when video and installation are approached as an expanded choreographic practice. She explores how performing for camera is informed and embedded in 'everyday' bodies via pop culture through cinema, music video, and social media. Wolf's work is always seeking to toy along a continuum of the sublime and the ridiculous. Leaning into a hyper-stylised pop aesthetic, she is invested in humour as a strategy for critical possibility, and in working with language in subliminal and surprising ways.
Her work has been presented at: HAU - Hebbel am Ufer; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art; nGbK; The National 2019: New Australian Art biennial at Carriageworks; Festival of Live Art, Melbourne; VAEFF Film Festival, NYC; Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; Schwules Museum, Berlin; Sophiensaele, Berlin; Münchener Kammerspiele; Arts House, Melbourne; & Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
She has been supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Fonds Darstellende Kunst, & Creative Europe. Residencies have included Cite international des arts, Obsidian Coast, & Arts House. She is a 3 time Green Room Award nominee & a Churchie National Emerging Art and John Fries award finalist.
From July 2020 - June 2021, Melanie Jame is an artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien International Studio Programme, Berlin, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.