Melanie Jame Wolf is an Australian born artist currently based in Berlin. She works solo and with friends, making interdisciplinary pieces about flows of immaterial capital: social, libidinal, affective. She examines these economies and entanglements through projects for theater, gallery, and screen spaces.
Coming from a 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 performance as a potential technology for survival and as an engine for fluidity 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.
Melanie Jame is a 2020/21 artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien International Studio Programme, Berlin, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.