March 13, 2016 - Trondheim kunstmuseum - Melanie Gilligan: The Common Sense
March 13, 2016

Trondheim kunstmuseum

Melanie Gilligan, The Common Sense (still). Video. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Max Mayer.

Melanie Gilligan
The Common Sense
March 13–October 16, 2016

Opening: March 13, 1pm
Artist talk: March 13, 3pm

Trondheim kunstmuseum
TKM Bispegata / TKM Gråmølna
Bispegata 7b / Trenerys gate 9
7013 Trondheim
Hours: Wednesday 12–8pm,
Thursday–Sunday 12–4pm

T +47 73 53 81 80

Technologies change us—our attitudes, our behaviour and our bodies. The Common Sense is a sci-fi mini-series by artist Melanie Gilligan which tells a story of technological change and economic imperatives as well as the political implications of both. The video work is an experimental narrative drama that revolves around a technology called "the Patch," a device which makes it possible to experience the physical sensations and feelings of another person.

Presented in a TV series format on 15 screens and installed mounted on a network of metal tubing, The Common Sense is a rich, intelligent and thought provoking musing on the effects of digital communication technologies and commercial exploitation on our collective interaction and individual psyches. Co-produced by Casco, de Appel and De Hallen in the Netherlands, The Common Sense is a non-linear and branching narrative that is being shown here for the first time in its entirety.

Melanie Gilligan works in a number of different media, including video, performance and installation. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in London and was a Fellow with the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Programme 2004–05. Earlier film projects include Crisis in the Credit System (2008), commissioned by Artangel, as well as Self-Capital (2009) and Popular Unrest (2010) commissioned by the ICA and Chisenhale gallery respectively. In 2010, Gilligan was the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists. Recent exhibitions include The Little Things Could Be Dearer at MoMA PS1, New York; Inhuman at Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; and Nervous Systems at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Melanie Gilligan lives and works in New York and is currently a PhD Candidate at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

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