Born in 1956 in Munich, Michaela Melián studied cello at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and then attended in the same city the famous Academy of Fine Arts. As the singer and bass guitarist of the new wave FSK band, and as the author of several solo albums she became well known as a musician, while her work as a visual artist received critical acclaim for the manner in which she addressed the politics of both public and private memory. She is a professor for time-based media at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK), Hamburg. Her work was most recently shown at Lentos Museum Linz, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Haus der Kunst Munich, Cubitt London, and Ludlow 38 New York.
Throughout the day on Thursday, her piece “Forhrenwald” (Pine Forest) will be playing in the second floor lounge. Using recordings of historical texts and interviews with munition factory employees, forced laborers, Jewish displaced persons and expellees who had lived, or in the case of the latter, were still living, in Föhrenwald, and combining it with her own musical compositions and the projection of line drawings of the place, Melián creates a powerful audiovisual narrative in which she raised the many ghosts that still inhabited the place.
Melian will also discuss her winning competition entry for ‘Opfer des Nationalsozialismus – Neue Formen des Erinnerns und Gedenkens’ (‘Victims of National Socialism – New Forms of Remembering and Remembrance’), initiated by the City of Munich, Memory Loops. which can be accessed at the memoryloops site.