Melanie Wilmink is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University (On, Canada), with honours such as the 2014 York University Elia Scholars Award, and a 2015 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She completed her MA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Regina (SK, Canada) in 2014, and her BFA in Visual Arts at the University of Calgary (AB, Canada) in 2007. Her dissertation examines the inter-connectivity between spectatorial experience and exhibition spaces, and aims to determine how public art situations act as vehicles for metaphoric and physical transportation. Her ongoing research was developed through her experience as Programming Coordinator for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and its $100 Film Festival (an avant-garde Super 8 and 16mm event established in 1992), as well as her independent curating practice.
Wilmink is an emerging arts professional based in Canada.
Project Description: I have curated several public media installations including The Situated Cinema project (Pleasure Dome, 2015), and Urbanity on Film (Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, 2009). I co-edited the anthology Sculpting Cinema (2018), and produce academic writing around expanded cinema, and media installation art. In both of these practices, I am interested in how art creates space for conversation with viewers, and I particularly want to take art out of the usual exhibition venues into unique sites that engage non-traditional audiences. I would love to collaborate with science and business partners, who value art as a different way of thinking through the problems of their fields.