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Melanie Gilligan, Crisis in the Credit System, Episode 1, 2008

Melanie Gilligan, Prison for Objects, 2008

Melanie Gilligan, The Miner’s Object, 2006

Melanie Gilligan's work uses different mediums such as performance, video, installation, objects and image-making. However. writing is central to her practice and forms the basis of her dramatisation work.

Gilligan's work explores the complex relationships between social systems of production and individuals. Through storytelling and installations, she explores political and philosophical aspects of perception and communication within art production, creating scenarios that fuse elements of fiction and theory into an engaging and yet challenging narrative.

Gilligan was recently commissioned by Artangel Interaction to write and direct Crisis in the Credit System (2008). A TV style, 4-part drama depicting a weekend retreat for employees of an investment bank. The employees are asked to take part in role-playing games where the task is to come up with strategies for coping with the financial crisis. Viewers watch as the five employees take part in these scenarios which get increasingly absurd; conveying a sense of the arbitrary, at times plain bizarre and abstract, financial mechanisms that govern our economy and lives.

During her fellowship, Gilligan will carry out a series of interviews and develop her research into the representation (and reproduction) of social exclusion in the depiction of the favela in Brazilian film and television.


Melanie Gilligan was born in 1979 in Canada. Recent works have been shown in institutions such as Tate Britain (London), Serpentine Gallery (London), Sculpture Center (New York), Greene Naftali Gallery (New York), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow), Lisson Gallery (London) and Orchard Gallery (New York). She has written for magazines and journals such as Texte zur Kunst, Mute Magazine, Artforum and Grey Room.

About CAPACETE entretenimentos

Capacete entertainments is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was set up to exhibit and aid in the production of conceptual and contextual works, comprising of a variety of artistic strategies. Capacete's activities form part of a long term interdisciplinary presence in Rio de Janeiro, which aims to research and document aesthetic, social and political processes in Brazil. Capacete has offered an international residency programme since 1997 in the Flamengo area of Rio, and in 2000 they inaugurated a residency in Santa Teresa, for both visual artists and writers. CAPACETE integrates the visiting artist into the local artist community and supports their projects during their residency.