Melanie Gilligan & Tom Ackers
Artist duo who create work that blends fiction, animation and documentary
For Cape Farewell’s Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition, artists Melanie Gilligan and Tom Ackers collaborated on a new project titled Deep Time that explores the extremely severe situation looming for the world’s oceans because of their increasing acidification, warming and low oxygen conditions, and the pivotal importance of oceans in respect to both world climate change and human societies.
Toronto-born Melanie Gilligan’s work incorporates a variety of media including video, performance, writing, installation, and music. Her focus in recent years has been on writing and directing narrative video works and performances, using these forms as a way to think through the themes of social and economic crisis. These works have been exhibited as installations in Canada, the USA, and Europe, and she has won several prestigious prizes for her work.
Tom Ackers is an artist and writer based in London, England. He has presented work at venues including the Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Project Space, and Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London, and is a member of Cage, an experimental project between artists, activists, and educators based in New York’s Lower East Side.