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Melanie Jackson
Host Productions worked with Field Art Projects to produce Melanie Jackson’s residency for the University of Bristol, Stoke Bishop Public Art Programme.

Melanie Jackson’s residency explored two strands of enquiry. The first was the development of a series of works exploring the work and ideology of space, working alongside the Biological Science department and using the Botanic Garden as a starting point, and the second was the development of a series of talks and events for students, staff and the general public which included Extraordinary Fauna co-hosted with Frances Cartwright, plant scientist and STEM ambassador from the School of Biological Sciences.

Her residency culminated in the publication of Nexus a new comic created by Melanie which extended themes from her previous work against the background of myths and stories of Halloween, examining bioscience speculation and research and its link to the economy and ideas of plenty. The publication was launched with a screening of They Came from the Earth: science fiction films concerning vegetables curated by xero, kline & coma and featuring the work of Gelbart (with Felix Kubin), Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Charlie Tweed and others, and ended with the suspension and drop of a giant pumpkin from the great height of a crane in an explosive performance.

About the artist

Melanie Jackson has a multidisciplinary practice involving modes of non-fiction storytelling through space, objects, text, moving image and sound.

She works with the sensorial and affective capacity of the material, and the inventive ways we reconcile or resist living with the technologies around us – produced as they are in conditions of extraction capitalism. She engages with stories of excess and the absurd imbricated in the production flows and networks of the biotechnocapital, and their ‘ur’ formation in other times and places.