Melanie Gilligan



Melanie Gilligan’s video-works examine how technology and the economy instrumentalize everyday interactions and human relations. In her latest work, The Common Sense, an experimental narrative drama, she tells the story of a speculative future technology, “The Patch,” a sort of prosthesis which makes it possible to directly experience the physical sensations and feelings of another person. Gilligan raises questions about our present relationship to technology (mobile telephones, iPads, etc.), which increasingly shapes our minds, our bodies, and the way we live and interact within a capitalist system.

The Common Sense, Phase 1
Video, 5 episodes, 6’50” each
Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Max Mayer,

Photo:Keizo Kioku