Melanie Crean is an artist, educator and filmmaker based in NY. In her practice she researches industrial architectures of control that are read onto site and body, and explores how these structures and systems can be challenged and re-patterned. She works with voice in its diverse forms, often through performance, ritual and non-verbal communication as measures of resistance to reclaim contested spaces, whether they be the built environment, one’s own body, or the production of history.
She believes in principals of inter-communalism, frequently working collaboratively to reimagine new ways of relating and learning. The aesthetic forms she creates include photography, video, social engagement, immersive media, participatory film, speculative design and open curriculum.
Crean is an Associate Professor of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York, teaching courses on emerging media, social engagement and visual culture. Her recent work includes A Blade of Grass fellowship collaborating with young equestrians and law enforcement in Hartford, CT; a FACT commission working with incarcerated veterans in Liverpool UK; and a commission with Artspace New Haven critiquing the nature of justice fifty years after trials of the New Haven 9. Her work has been supported by Art in General, Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, No Longer Empty and The New Museum.