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 astronomicalimages mediated by institutions such as NASA / the ESA before they arepublished for consumption by the general public? Recent research papers written by the artist consider textson semiology, phenomenology and the index when applied to astronomical imagesand recordings.
The artists explores these ideas through direct interactions with celestialobjects using photography, video and sound/frequency visualisation techniques. The artist often seeks opportunities to directlyview and capture celestial objects, and benefits from journeys to dark skyareas. Recent projects include photographic etchings made frommeteorite fragments, an oscilloscope fed by pulsar data, daguerreotypes of the planet Mercury and a series ofphotographic prints caused by the sun, moon and stars.
Melanie is currently studying towards a PhD at the RoyalCollege of Art.
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