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ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO
Currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mel Day is a British-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, educator and co-founder of The Wall of Song Project. Launched on Inauguration Day 2017 in Washington D.C. and at the San José Institute of Contemporary Art, Wall of Song is a collaborative and participatory platform exploring the power and expressive possibilities of art and civic singing rituals—most recently for women’s sports and social change efforts—in collaboration with Dr Akilah Carter-Francique, San José State University Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change, and a number of affinity partners and participants (2019-2022). For the past decade, she has been investigating combining remote and live voices together in growing video installations and participatory sport stadium, gallery, and cathedral performances.
Day’s multi-media work has been shared widely with venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco Film Festival (San Francisco); Provident Credit Union Event Center, San José Museum of Art (virtually), San José Institute of Contemporary Art (San Jose); Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley), and Peak Gallery (Toronto). She has participated in a number of residencies including Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni New Works Award and UC Berkeley MFA Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Schwandorf, Germany), and The Lab (San Francisco). Recently awared the 2019 Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Nexus Award, Day founded an IDEO-Awarded Youth Fellowship in collaboration with the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and has curated a number of exhibitions, including an experimental video program for V-tape‘s Curatorial Incubator in Toronto, Canada. Currently an Adjunct Faculty at San José State University, previously at UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan College, she holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Queen’s University, Canada with a year’s scholarship exchange to the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. // www.wallofsongproject.com