Melissa “Mel” Friedling is a media artist, scholar, and educator teaching at The New School who is interested in the relational jumble of human and more-than-human matter. Much of her work begins with found or ‘happened upon’ artifacts that prompt an excavation of the marginalized and sometimes metaphysical narratives contained within them.
At MacDowell, Friedling created new animations on 16mm that she hand processed in the Nef darkroom for her in-progress feature film, Midwood Movie. She also worked on the audio textures for the film using sounds created by the composer, Alexis Cuadrado. The is being supported by NYSCA and UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts. Friedling also began a new work while in residence that combined hand-made ceramics installed in the woods around Nef studio with augmented reality and shot on analog film.