Nathaniel Mellors 1974

Lives in Amsterdam / Los Angeles. Works in Amsterdam / Los Angeles.

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Excerpt from Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen's animatronic sculpture and video installation "The Aalto Natives" for the Pavilion of Finland, Venice Biennale 2017. Frame Contemporary Art Finland.
Excerpt from Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen's animatronic sculpture and video installation "The Aalto Natives" for the Pavilion of Finland, Venice Biennale 2017. Frame Contemporary Art Finland.
Mellors and Nissinen represent Finland at this year’s Venice Biennale. They discuss handmade puppets, homemade film sets, creation myths involving eggs, the flimsy narratives on which national identities are built, and whether you have to love something in order to make fun of it ‘All of these things (creation and national identity myths) are just about people generating little stories to entertain and manipulate people.’ Nathaniel Mellors. Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen’s film The Aalto Natives (2017) is a narrative multimedia installation offering an immersive theatrical experience around nationalism and identity. Finnish national characteristics and creation myths are explored and exploded in exuberant and irreverent style in an hour-long piece that plays on several screens around the Aalto pavilion, and incorporates dialogue between two sculptural animatronic figures, Geb and Atum, one of which is a large, talking egg. They play two terraforming aliens who revisit the Finland they created millions of years earlier to try to make sense of the culture.
Nathaniel Mellors talks about his new film series 'Ourhouse', as well as the accompanying series of talks, films and music nights that he has programmed in conjunction with the exhibition at the ICA.

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Solo 2014 The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, IE 2014 NEW_CAVE_ART_NOW, Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam, NL 2014 Nathaniel Mellors, Art:Concept, Paris, FR 2014 Hammer Projects: Nathaniel Mellors, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US 2013 Nathaniel Mellors & Jimmy Joe Roche, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, US 2012 Ourhouse E3 feat, BAD COPY, Salle de bains. Lyon, FR 2012 Ourhouse E3 feat, BAD COPY, Matt's Gallery, London, UK 2012 Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, SE. 2012 Recent Collaborations Before THE SAROPHAGE, Monitor, Rome, IT 2011 The Nest, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, NL. 2011 Hypercolon, Smart Project Space Amsterdam, NL. 2011 Our House, I.C.A., London, UK. 2010 Our House, De Hallen, Haarlem, NL. 2010 The 7 Ages of Britain Teaser, Kiasma, Helsinki, FIN. 2010 The 7 Ages of Britain Teaser, MONITOR, Rome, IT. 2009 Giantbum, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL. 2009 Giantbum, Lombard – Freid Projects, New York, USA. 2009 The Time Surgeon, South London Gallery, UK. 2007 The Time Surgeon, ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire, UK. 2006 Hateball, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK. 2005 Nathaniel Mellors / Maaike Schoorel, Ibid Projects, Vilnius, LT. 2005 Hateball, The Collective, Edinburgh, UK. 2005 Brain One / Mózg Jeden, Galeria Potocka, Krakow, PL. 2005 The Pink Mist, Playstation, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL. 2004 Profondo Viola, Matt’s Gallery, London, UK . 2003 Prince Lightning – The Long Scratch, Touring: The Changing Room, Stirling, UK and Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, The Brewery, Kendal, UK. 2002 IBID Projects, London (with Dan Perjovschi), UK. 2001 Black Gold, Matt’s Gallery, London, UK. Group 2014 Taipei Biennial, TW. 2014 How Soon is Now? Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, NL 2014 Alter-Heroes, MAC USP (Sap Paulo Contemporary Museum), Sao Paulo, BR 2014 Magnus - Scènes de l'imaginaire automate, Villa Bernasconi, Geneva, CH 2014 Impakt Festival, Utrecht, NL 2014 Weberwoche, Stroom, The Hague, NL 2013 The Long Leash, The Ister, Brussels, BE 2012 Radical Languages, Cricoteka, Krakow, PL 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague, CZ. 2011 ILLUMInations, Venice Biennale, Venice, IT. 2011 Un' Espressione Geografica, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudegno, Torino, IT. 2010-2011 British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London & UK touring. 2009 Recent Acquisitions, De Hallen, Haarlem, NL. 2009 Contour 2009, 4th Biennial of Moving Image, Mechelen, BE. 2009 Art & Research 2008, Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES. 2009 The Time Surgeon, ArtSway’s New Forest Pavilion, Venice Biennale, IT. 2009 Altermodern, Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, UK. 2009 Out of Line, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA. 2008 Art Now, Tate Britain (curated by Ryan Gander), UK. 2008 Deep Screen - Art in Digital Culture: Proposal for Municipal Acquisition 08, Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS), Amsterdam, NL. 2008 Agrifashionistas, Grizedale Arts / A Foundation, Rochelle School, London, UK. 2007 Expect Nothing, Gallery for One, Dublin, IR. 2007 Open 2007, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL. 2007 00s THE HISTORY OF A DECADE THAT HAS NOT yet BEEN NAMED, Biennale de Lyon, FR. 2007 The Present Order is the Disorder of the Future, De Hallen Haarlem, Nl. 2007 Design for Living, Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK. 2007 The Return of the Seven Samurai, Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, CH. 2007 Final Exhibition at 4 Clifford Street, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK. 2007 The Scandinavian Underground...here...now, De Praktijk, Amsterdam, NL. 2006 Minotaur Blood, Jonathan Vyner / Fortescue Avenue, London, UK. 2006 Tokyo Rambo, Virtually Grizedale, A Foundation, Liverpool Biennial (screening), UK. 2006 Sculpture Garden, Phoenix Garden, London, UK. 2005 Encore, Byuk Londra Oteli, Istanbul Biennial, TR. 2005 If You’re Feeling Sinister Alona Kagan, New York, USA. 2005 Offside, Dublin Municipal Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, IR. 2004 Romantic Detachment, PS1, New York, USA. 2004 Trailer, Man in the Holocene, London, UK. 2004 Distribution Fair (with Junior Aspirin Records), Cubitt Gallery, London, UK. 2004 No-How, The Collective, Edinburgh, UK. 2003 Pod War (The Landscape Critics), Leave The Capitol: Frieze Art, London, UK. 2003 Fair Film and Video Programme, London, UK. 2003 We’ll Meet You In The Lobby, Buyuk Londra Oteli, Istanbul, TR. 2003 Someplace Unreachable, IBID Projects, London, UK. 2003 Spiritual Hunger, Daniel Silverstein, New York, USA. 2003 Senso Unico. Italia Telecom Future Centre, Venice, IT. 2003 Bootleg, Spitalfields Market, London, UK. 2003 Roadshow, Touring: Grizedale Arts and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK. 2003 Blennau Festinniog, Wales, Lickey Hills, Birmingham, D.J.C.A.D., Dundee, UK. 2002 Lets Roll, Apex Arts, New York, USA. 2002 Junior Aspirin Promotional Video, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, NL. 2002 Band in Crisis, Cooper Gallery, D.J.C.A.D., Dundee (with Skill 7 Stamina 12), UK. 2002 It Rocks But Gently, Folly Gallery, Lancaster, UK.