Elusive, muted and indeterminant, ghost notes in music have rhythm but no pitch—they suggest silence without being silent. They are often played between main notes, where they hover like shadows of those sounds. Almost indiscernible in between emphases, and sometimes referred to as false or dead notes, ghost notes add dimension and depth to a composition. Subtle and soft, these forms and silences occupy rhythmic spaces in combination with what we recognisably discern and hear. Artists register them too – between breaths (fugitive, glimpsed, sensory, inherited), as undercurrents lodged in resonant objects, or as fragments of memories barely recalled after deep sleep or emergent in daydreams seemingly incidental and at the periphery of daily life, yet suggestive of so much more.
With more than 20 years of professional experience working in institutions and independently, Melissa Keys has curated and collaborated on wide range of contemporary art projects and programs in leading museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites, nationally and internationally. Currently Senior Curator, Art Museums at the University of Melbourne, and formally Curator at Buxton Contemporary, Melissa has held roles at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, NETS (National Exhibitions Touring Support Victoria), the Embassy of Australia Washington DC, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and Heide Museum of Modern Art. In 2009, she was Asialink Curator in Residence at KHOJ, International Artists Association in New Delhi, India, and in 2012 she undertook a curatorial residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Melissa holds a BFA from the Victorian College of the Arts and an MA in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.← Tours