Melanie King is featured in the Tameside Advertiser in 1999, using a colander as a pinhole camera to view the last total solar eclipse in the United Kingdom.


Melanie King’s research is concerned with the visual language that is currently associated with astronomy. How are astronomical images mediated by institutions such as NASA / the ESA before they are published for consumption by the general public? Recent research papers written by the artist consider texts on semiology, phenomenology and the index when applied to astronomical images and recordings.

The artists explores these ideas through direct interactions with celestial objects using photography, video and sound/frequency visualisation techniques.  The artist often seeks opportunities to directly view and capture celestial objects, and benefits from journeys to dark sky areas. Recent projects include photographic etchings made from meteorite fragments, an oscilloscope fed by pulsar data, daguerreotypes of the planet Mercury and a series of photographic prints caused by the sun, moon and stars.

Melanie is currently studying towards a PhD at the Royal College of Art. See RCA Research Profile

Melanie is a member of ITACCUS (The Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space) in association with the International Astronautical Federation.



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