Marcelo de Melo

PhD Art Practice

My doctoral thesis explores the epistemic complexity of mosaic as an experimental system in contemporary fine art practice and criticism. It proposes a new aesthetic formalism for the digital age, inspired by Marshall McLuhan's mosaic method.


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Areas of Expertise

My main area of expertise is mosaic practice and theory. I am currently exploring, through artistic research, the mosaic paradox postulated by Marshall McLuhan in The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962).

My research on the epistemic complexity of mosaic is unique in terms of re-establishing lost theoretical connections between an ancient additive methodology and current thought on artistic experimentation and multidisciplinary research. The analysis put forward by my doctoral thesis is relevant to current debates on digital aesthetics, design, sculptural practice and more importantly art education. 

- Art Practice

- Artistic Research

- Art Historical Research

- Additive Synthesis of Colours

- Modulation & Digitality


- Sculpture Theory


- Assemblage & Mosaic Theory

- New Mosaic Materiality

Latest Exhibition


9 - 31 July 2021

MLB Gallery, Amsterdam