Melanie Crean is an artist and educator working with video, performance and emerging technologies to explore how stories can be used to equitably shift relationships of power. She uses site specific performance to research and mitigate the distress that social systems of control, such as capitalism and criminal justice, cause to people and the built environment. Her recent work focuses on portrayal of cultural archetypes such as heroes and criminals, to shift how they are culturally conceived and represented.
Crean is an Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design, where she teaches courses on emerging media, social engagement and visual culture. She has worked with moving image in a variety of capacities and genre, including directing the production studio at the arts non-profit Eyebeam; managing animation, motion capture and speech recognition teams at MTV Digital Television Lab; and producing documentaries in Nepal and India on the effects of women trafficking. She has received commissions from Art in General, Bronx Arts Council & Rhizome; fellowships from Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, Jerome Foundation, Harvestworks, NYFA & NYSCA; and participated in group exhibitions with Creative Time, Performa 11, Southern Exposure and No Longer Empty.