Mélodie Duchesne
  • Female
  • Marseille
  • France

Mélodie Duchesne's Friends

  • Cristopholus Andrexolus
  • Ignacio Galilea
  • Nabi Nara
  • Month of Performance Art–Berlin
  • Domix Garrido
  • Patrícia Corrêa
  • Orion Maxted
  • Frank Homeyer
  • Ville Karel
  • Peter Rosvik
  • Lilith Performance Studio
  • Steve Vanoni


Profile Information

Performance Discipline
Contextual Performances and Transversal expressions : Performer, Visual artist, Dancer, Improvised vocalist, Traditional musician • Member of Objet Direct, France
Performer & multidisciplinary artist, Mélodie Duchesne works both for the Institutions and unusual spaces. Her approach explores the diversity of intervention venues (museum, gallery, theater or extemporaneous spaces, natural environments, urban or industrial area...) She is invested in contextual performances.

Sensitive to Art as Intrusion, the use of diversion gives rise to some landslides.
Attentive to relational issues, the tension of the performative gesture is proportional to the feedback, which provides its own chain of events. Physically engaged, she sometimes risks herself towards an act of surpassing…
‘‘The contextual practices by their inherent undetermined articulations, open an experimental playground.A challenge for the performer, as ‘‘modest catalyst’’, is to readjust its expression’s tools to every new situation’’.

Interested by processes and transversal languages, her artistic research is negotiating with the boundaries of expression fields. It borrows from the visual arts, dance, experimental theater, vocal improvisation, traditional music and feeds itself through numerous collaborations. In a desire to let herself porous to a favorite discipline, the body investment becomes the kinesthetic vector to action.

Topics question the bases of the “semiology in the human ethology” : the society of control, through the employment of the media or repression ; the economy and consumerism ; the education ; the artists status ; the notion of “déterritorialisation” ; the transhumanism ; the pagan rituals and the original fantaisies…
The notion of the foreign body crosses her practice and reflections. An oscillating thread between fiction and reality that she articulates in her performances and videos.

Working on improvisations as interrelated to the “space-time context”, according to the Surrealists and Situationists influences, she accentuates and digs into the contradictions of everyday life, its routine, rituals, vices and taboos.

• Chrononlogy : http://melodieduchesne.free.fr/biographie.html

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