Mel is an Experimental Filmmaker and Visual Artist. He graduated from CSM 09' and SVA 15'. Founder of AniMel Studio to collaborate in art, film, music, performance and fashion industry with the National Theatre, Fashion Week, Art Fair & Film Festivals. His films have won numerous of international awards and exhibited at LA Frieze Art, Scope Art Miami, Paris Asia Now Art Fair, Red Dot, D&AD, ADAFNY Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, etc.

His works related to subjects of identity and body by exploring avenues of expression that combine New Cinema and Contemporary Art.

 
 

MEL HSIEH (沒有) 是一位影像創作藝術家和導演。在17歲時,他被提名為2005年度英國年輕設計師獎。畢業於2009年英國倫敦中央聖馬丁藝術與設計學院、並贏得了英國 D&AD 新人獎 (動態創作類別)。2012年他繼續前往美國紐約視覺藝術學院研究電腦動畫、參與製作美國數位藝術先驅、莉蓮·施瓦茨的作品《Pangloss》。他的作品探討當代藝術以實驗性質創作涉及從存在主義、現象學到超現實主義、畢製短片《介面》獲得2015年MFA電腦藝術傑出成就獎、德國紅點新人獎 (藝術電影類別)並在10多個國家與24個城市的影展與美術館展出。曾是獨立音樂品牌《貓飯》的策展人兼藝術總監、擔任過學學文創的講師與多次國外影像類別的評審。現階段成立《沒有映像 AniMel Studio 》從事個人創作與音樂、表演藝術和時尚等跨領域合作案子、參與過藝人張惠妹、蔡依林、田馥甄、陳昇、林強等演唱會和現場的影像製作、以及LA Frieze Art、Miami Scope Art、 Paris Asian Now Art Fair、台北當代藝術中心、兩廳國家戲劇院、金點設計獎、雅典數位藝術節、空場藝術節、宜蘭映像節、東區藝廊、台北服裝週、台北魅力時裝秀等舞台和視覺設計。

 

SHOWREEL​

Selection from 2008- Presents 

The creation of my works is related to subjects such as surrealism, dream, psychology and modern society phenomenon. The assumed innocence of animation may be contradicted by dark, fantasy and subversive methods of bringing ideas and narrative to life. My imagination is drawn with a touch of the macabre from my obsession of ugly things that I find compelling if not attractive. I also find erotic characters, saturated in deep colors create strange, subconscious worlds where our memories and daydreams lie. I seek to work both as a team and individual to discover analog visual effect and new forms of storytelling to create the representation of reality and approaching subject matter in a way that animation could facilitate in the history time-based media. Although they are different in principle but linked together, all grounded in my will to materialize my ideas, regardless of the means. 

 

Childs in the 80’s were born in colors. Since then, the world has been digitized while the speed of information is overloading our mind. The digitizing phenomenon is shaping our culture as I wonder how many mega-pixels can define our existence and holds our memories. As part of that movement, I would like to decode the compression of our over connected modern society by exploring how new digital media connects our culture identities. It encourages me by redefining the boundaries of still and moving image to reveal forms of artistic expression that visualize the art of error in lost of translation.

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E D U C A T I O N

2012 – 2015

School of Visual Arts  New York, USA

MFA Computer Art | Major in Experimental Film & Video Art

Received Paula Rhodes Memorial Award

for exceptional achievement in Computer Art

 

2006 – 2009 

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UAL  London, UK

BA Graphic Design | Major in Moving Image

 

1999 – 2005 

Bootham School  York, UK

A W A R D S

2020  Milan Film Awards / Awards Winner for Best Experimental Short

2019  Muse Creative Awards / Silver Awards for Best Experimental Film

2018  Cadaqués Shortfilm Festival / Gold Awards for Best Surrealism Film

           IMDb Independent Shorts Awards / Silver Awards for Best Film Noir

           Rome Prisma Awards, Italy / Finalist

2016  CreActive International Open Film Festival / Finalist 

           Ridgetfield Independent Film Festival / Best Sound

           The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image / Best Sound

2015  Red Dot Awards / Winner of Communication Design, Film Art Category

           International Independent Film Awards / Silver, Animated Visuals

           Miniature Film Festival / Director's Award

           IndieFEST Film Awards / Awards of Merit

 

2009  British Design & Art Direction (D&AD)

           / 1st Prize winner of D&AD Student Awards, Music Video Category

           Adobe Design Achievement Awards / Semi Finalist for Motion Graphic

 

2008  Smoke & Mirrors 48 Hour Film Competition / Shortlisted

2005  British Young Designer of the year / Nominated

E X H I B I T I O N S   &   F E S T I V A L S

2020  FRIEZE ART, Paramount Theater, LA / Screening

           */ADAF, Athens Digital Arts Festival "Technotribalism", Greece / Official Selected

           TCAC, Taipei Contemporary Art Centre "36 hours Artist's Cinema" / Art Group Show

           Dong Gallery Taipei, VOGUE / Screening

           Milan Film Awards, Italy / Screening

2019  Paris ASIA NOW Art Fair, France / Art Group Show

           NOWNESS "China Wave" Program / Featured      

           VAEFF, NY Video & Experimental Film Festival, US / Official Selected

           Dumbo Film Festival, Brooklyn / Official Selected

           Delight Fair, Senggi Studio, South Korea / Group Show

           Hanayo, Pocke Kenji Tokyo Gallery, Japan / Group Show

           Fashion Film Chicago, US / Official Selected

           Athens Fashion Film Festival, Greece / Official Selected

           Seattle International Fashion Film Festival, Carco Theatre, US / Official Selected

           Santiago Independent Film Awards / Official Selected

           International Music & Fashion Parachute Light Zero, Paris / Official Selected

           Brussel Independent Film Festival, Belgium / Official Selected

           London Experimental, UK / Featured

           IBIZA CineFes, Spain / Official Selected

2018  LA Centre for Digital Art Electron Salon, LA / Art Group Show

           London Fashion Film Festival, Regent Street Cinema, London / Official Selected

           Fashion Film Chicago, US / Official Selected

           Chelsea Fashion & Film Festival, NY / Official Selected 

           Bucharest Fashion Film Festival, Romania / Official Selected 

           Taipei Fashion Week, Taiwan / Runway Show

           Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Official Selected

           Santorini Film Festival, Greece / Official Selected 

           IMDb Independent Shorts Awards / Official Selected

           ARFF International Amsterdam, Netherland / Official Selected

           Bideodromo Festival, BilbaoArte Art Production Centre, Spain / Official Selected

           Cadaqués Shortfilm Festival, Spain / Official Selection

           Stockholm Animation & Experimental Film Festival, Sweden / Official Selected

2017  Visionaria Festival, Italy / Official Selected

           Locomocion Experimental Animation Festival, Mexico  / Official Selected

           Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, HK / Official Selected

           Southampton Film Week, UK / Official Selected 

           ProxyAct International Film Festival, Berlin / Official Selected

           International Music & Fashion Parachute Light Zero, Paris / Official Selected

           INTO THE FUTURE Exhibition, Xinzhu 241 Digital Art Space / Art Group Show

 

2016  Brooklyn Film Festival / Official Selected

           / Screening at Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg / Windmill Studios NYC, Greenpoint

           / Syndicated, BushwickMade in NY Media Center by IFP, DumboBRIC, Fort Green

           China International Cultural Industries Fair, Shenzhen / Showcased
           4 Times Sqaure Chashma Gala presented by SeeMe, NY / Art Group Show

           The Artist Forum Festival of the Moving Image, NY / Official Selected

           Avant Edge Film Festival, Chicago / Official Selected

           Hidden Door Festival, UK / Official Selected

           Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, UK / Official Selected

           Amsterdam Experimental Film Festival, Netherlands / Official Selected  

           RiverRun International Film Festival / Official Selected

           New York Film Week / Official Selected

           Toronto Film Week / Official Selected

           18th Backup Film Award, Germany / Nominated

           Princeton Film Festival, NJ / Official Selected

           Ukrainian International Short Film Festival / Official Selected

           MediaWave International Film & Music Festival / Official Selected

 

2015  Red Dot "Design on Stage" Exhibition opening / Showcased

           SCOPE Art Miami / Art Group Show

           PIXELS OF IDENTITIES / Art  Group Show

           NY International Video Art Limousine Festival

           / LIQUID CITIES, XY Atelier Contemporary Art Gallery

           TAIPEI IN STYLE Fashion Show / Chiehms & S'CABONATE SS'15

           TECHTONIC SHIFT, NY / SVA Fall Exhibition 
           NODE TO SELF, NY / SVA Computer Art Show
           IdN / Featured

           Visionaria Festival, Italy / Official Selected
           Indiefest Film Festival / Awards of Merit

           66th Montecatini International Short Film Festival / Official Selected
           Bogotá Experimental Film Festival / Official Selected
           Bideodromo Experimental Film and Video Festival / Official Selected

           Meadow Glen Mall Experimental Film & Video Festival / Official Selected
           Animaze Daze: Annecy / Official Selected
           Antimatter Media Art / Official Selected

           Rolling Frames Short Film Festival / Official Selected

           Davis International Film Festival / Official Selected

           London Shows International Film Festival / Official Selected
           Woodstock Museum Film Festival / Official Selected
           Carnegie Museum of Art Film Festival / Official Selected

           CineFes Global / Official Selected


2010  Soho Rush Film Festival / Official Selected
2009  D&AD New Blood Talent / Showcased

           CSM Degree Show, Barge House, London / Showcased

2008  Foundry London / Showcased

W O R K   E X P E R I E N C E

 

2020  NY, Taipei

Performa Art Biennial | Editor 

Video Editor for FAMEME, Artist Yu Cheng Ta and Museum of Durian, video screened at Timesquare. 

2020  Taipei, Taiwan

VOGUE X DONG GALLERY TAIPEI | Visual Artist

Visual collaboration with Dong Gallery Taipei as part of VOUGE April cover project.

2020  Taipei, Taiwan

Taitung Craft Design Camp | Director

Produced a 30sec promotional video for 2020 Taitung  Craft Design Camp.

2019  Taitung, Taiwan

NOWNESS | Director 

Collaboration with French Artist ITEM IDEM (Cyril Duval) and featuring a musical score by American Producer DUTCH E GERM (Tim DeWit) directing on an experimental film short based on bombing master handan as part of NOWNESS's "China Wave" series. This film is a symbolic study on modern Chinese culture and performance art based on Bombing Master Handdan (God of wealth). The aesthetics of violence paints the video frame with explosions, inner vision and thought-process behind this dangerous ritual. 

2019  Taipei, Taiwan

XIE XIE TEA | Visual Artist

Visual collaboration with Lim Giong 林強 on an experimental electronic music scene for XIE XIE tea.

2018 Taipei, Taiwan

TAIPEI FASHION WEEK | Runway Stage Designer

Visual collaboration with Fashion Designer JENN LEE on her new collection contributes to AKIRA's 30th Anniversary.

2018  Taipei, Taiwan

National Theatre | Visual Artist

Design live visual collaboration with National Theatre play and promotional video.

2017  Yilan, Taiwan

Mt. Project | Director, Animator

Directed a promotional video "Damage Control" for Parallax 2017 Yilan Moving Image Festival featuring Ryoji Ikeda.

2017  Taipei / Shanghai

EMI Music | Director, Animator

Directed a concert music video "Jamaican Betel Nut" for Amei's 20th Anniversary concert tour.

2016  Taipei, Taiwan

Bito | Art Director, Editor

Designed parts of key image for 2016 Golden Pin Design Award Ceremony.

Developed visual storyboard and editing for Benz commercial.

2016  Taipei / HK

HIM Intentional Music | Director, Animator

Directed a lyric music video "Every day is a Miracle" for Hebe Tien & Visual Arts for "IF Concert" at Hong Kong Coliseum Arena.

2016  Taipei, Taiwan

Young Art Taipei 2016 | Visual Artist

Collaboration with YAT celebrating its 8th anniversary at Sheraton Grande Taipei. YAT connects contemporary art in East Asia to the world with vigorous participation over 60 galleries to promote young artists to domestic collectors. 

 

2016  Taipei / Berlin

MeowFound Music | Founder, Curator, Visual Artist

Co-Founder of MeowFound innovative music brand based in Taipei and Berlin curating "Sound of Soul" Partibition Vol.1 at Taipei Polymer. Collaboration with Daniel Williams (Sound Performance Artist), Valentin Tszin (Body Performance Artist), Applex Twin (Composer/DJ) & SNTS (DJ) to exchange electronic music art culture into a party exhibition to define new experience. 

 

2015  Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei In Style Fashion Show | Visual Artist

Collaboration with Chiehms & S'CABONATE to produce an animated visual art

for "Taipei In Style" Fashion show at Songshan Cultural and Creative.

 

2015  New York, USA 

Lillian Schwartz | Animator

Cooperating on a digital animation film "Pangloss".

 

2014  Tokyo, Japan 

Manda Works | Director, Animator

Directed a short music video for Manda Works "Ligalize", Japanese electronic duo,

which consisted of Maechang and Cotebalaar based in NY & Tokyo.

 

2014  Paris, France

Cedric Elisabeth | VJ, Animator

Directed a sequence of animation and music video for sound designer Cedric Elisabth

 

2013  Taipei, Taiwan

Legacy Taipei | VJ, Animator

Directed for Cia Cia and Ze Hwang’s concert music video and animation in 70’s

style as part of “A Good Day Records” 10th anniversary.

 

2012  Taipei, Taiwan

VT Art Salon | Art Director, Visual Artist

Directed a video performance holds at VT Art Salon

as part of visual concept designer and animator.

 

2011  Taipei, Taiwan

Dancing Ink Animation Inc. | 2D Animator

2D animator on 10-man team producing commercial for terrestrial

broadcast as part of a multimedia animation studio campaign.

 

2009  London, United Kingdom

Jackson Pat Studio | Storyboard Artist

Developed visual storyboard to director’s copy for 30 second

television commercial broadcast across UK.

 

2008  London, United Kingdom

MTV UK | Animator

Successful pitch and production of two 15 second

idents indefinitely broadcast across rock and pop channels.

J U R Y  P A N E L S

2020, 2017  Lubuan, Malaysia

The Muse Creative Awards | International Jury

Scored films in Video Awards as part of Muse Creative Awards, an international advertising awards for creative professionals who possess the unique ability to inspire with concept, idea or design. whether through traditional materials or electronic media.

2017  Naples, NY 

Meters International Film Festival | International Jury

Scored films in Short films, Animations and Music videos Categories as an International Jury.

2016  NY / Bangladesh 

CreActive International Open Film Festival | International Jury

Scored films in Experimental Short Categories as an International Jury at iOFF.

L E C T U R E S

2016 -17  Taipei, Taiwan

Xue Xue Institue | Lecturer

Teaching a course based on visual culture exploring New Cinema & Contemporary Art.

Movie Set Explosion

"ARTISTS ARE OVERRATED" 

 

EXPLORING AVENUES OF EXPRESSION THAT COMBINES

NEW CINEMA &

CONTEMPORARY ART

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