Meet our new Executive Director – Dr Melentie Pandilovski
Experimenta is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Melentie Pandilovski as Executive Director of Experimenta.
Melentie has over twenty-five years of experience working in the arts in Australia and internationally. Having led successful operations and managed multidisciplinary teams in Australia, Canada and Europe. Most recently he has been the Director of the Riddoch Art Gallery and Manager of Arts and Cultural Development at the City of Mount Gambier. His knowledge of international as well as Australia’s art milieu will bring highly valued experience to the national reach of Experimenta’s programs.
Melentie said of his appointment,“I am thrilled and honoured to be joining Experimenta at this pivotal time, an organisation with a strong international reputation for venturing in unique and uncharted territories. Some of the things that attracted me to Experimenta are its deep commitment to the development of the future of art, a culture of risk-taking, the perseverance in supporting media artists, and the belief in the transformative power of creativity. It is my great honour to work with Experimenta’s board, staff, volunteers, and collaborators”.
Melentie brings a wealth of leadership experience in the arts; before taking up his position at Riddoch Art Gallery he was Director of Video Pool Media Arts Centre in Winnipeg, Canada (2011-16). Previous to that he was Director of the Visual Cultural Research Centre, Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje, Macedonia (2009-11); Director of the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide, Australia (2003-2009), and the Contemporary Arts Centre in Skopje, Macedonia (1998-2003). He has organised and curated more than 200 projects including exhibitions, symposia, conferences and workshops, in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
Victoria Lynn, Experimenta Chair, said, “We are looking forward to Melentie bringing his extensive experience and enthusiasm to build on the successes we have enjoyed over thirty-five years. We are very pleased that Melentie will be leading the organisation in partnership with our Artistic Director, Jonathan Parsons as Experimenta continues to support the work of artists driven by technology, and lead the national dialogue about the impact of technology on creativity today”.
Melentie is also an art theorist, historian, and writer. He was Editor of Art in the Biotech Era (2008); Energy, Biopolitics, Resistance Strategies and Cultural Subversion (2012); The Apparatus of Life and Death (2012); Marshall McLuhan and Vilém Flusser’s Communication and Aesthetic Theories Revisited (2015).