Mel Day is an interdisciplinary artist working across a range of media including video, photography, experimental design, participatory and new media projects. Her works typically have multiple iterations as they evolve across multiple years. She is known for her video installations in which the role of doubt and the unknown complicate and illuminate our ideas of truth. Through recent hybrid media work, as revealed through state-of-the art turbulence simulations and collaborations with computational scientist Frank Ham, Day explores the unstable and ungraspable edge of visual intelligibility, the technologically sublime structure of chaos. In the multi-channel video and audio installation Doxology, she shares footage of her family humming the same hymn at decade-long intervals. Since 2010, Day has been generating layered versions of an experimental group study guide that investigates the instability of belief systems of all kinds. The Study Guide invites the viewer to draw on their own experiences and lays groundwork for dialogue among potentially insular groups.
Day is a Canadian-British artist currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure Art Gallery, San Francisco Film Society, The Berlin Office in Germany, Peak Gallery in Toronto, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum, and Santa Clara University. Recent residencies include Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus Residency (Schwandorf, Germany), Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship, Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and a collaborative residency at The Lab, SF. Day was recently recognized for her experimental collaborative design work by OpenIDEO. She has also received awards from Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni New Works Program, Silicon Valley Creates Creative Impact Fund, San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy Fellowship in the Fine Arts, Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts from UC Berkeley, Sam Francis Distinguished Alumni Award and an Explorations Award from the Canada Council. She has lectured at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley, University of Toronto & Sheridan College and Diablo Valley College. Day holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Queen’s University, Canada, with a year’s study at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.
• Wall of Song at Grace Cathedral Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7:30-9 p.m.
Wall of song is a collaborative singing video work by CASP artist Mel Day and artist Michael Namkung that invites people from different background, beliefs, political affiliations, orientations, and countries of origin—no matter their ability to carry a tune—to record themselves singing along to Leonard Cohen’s 'Hallelujah.' In this time of great unknowing, uncertainty and division, this is a wall that seeks to bring us together.
The event includes a video installation and an opportunity to sing along together at 7:30pm. The artists invite you to add your voice to the massed choir video work before the event by singing online at wallofsongproject.com. There will also be several private singing booths throughout the cathedral, giving attendees the opportunity to add their voices and faces to future installations. For more information, please contact Mel Day at email@example.com or or Michael Namkung firstname.lastname@example.org.