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November 2021

Meltionary: heat, encounter or another friction

November 11, 2021 - February 27, 2022
KCAI Gallery, 4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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On an uneven digital terrain made of rocky forms that are pink: wooden and resin wedges (doorstops) sit in upright and tilted positions. Some of the wedges have been burned to have words on them and they read “IS THIS DOOR OPEN FOR …?”, “WHO IS NOT HERE”, and “IS IT SEPARATE”.

As MELT, Loren Britton and Isabel Paehr are arts-design researchers who work with the potentials of heat, encounter and friction to set in motion transformative material-discursive processes. Boiling up insights from chemistry, crip technoscience and trans*feminism, they play with the methods of queer play, unlearning and leaking. Their work crumbles structures, unbounds materials, dissolves technology and makes collectivities. MELT is exploring how to make something but to keep it open to change, and is doing this through formats like video artworks, experiments with access, websites and workshops. MELT has been influenced by (melting) Ice, Freezers, Software, Signal, moving too fast/slow, Disability Justice, Digital Materialism, Decolonial thinking, Gifs, Climate Protests, Anti-Racism and Dancing. The Meltionary is a growing experimental directory that investigates different materials, metaphors and modes of melting. The term Meltionary is a linguistic play on the English word dictionary; based on dictionary entries, it consists of Meltries, each beginning with a letter. The Meltries are playful instructions to unnerve definitions, videos of melting processes, photo series of how materials witness change, reports on failure, experimental instructions for generating chemical reactions, circuits for DIY measuring devices, and theoretical-poetic texts. During the Fall 2021 semester MELT is engaging with KCAI students…

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December 2021

End of Semester Exhibition and Sale

December 3 - December 5

It’s back!  Enjoy the first in person End of Semester Exhibition and Sale in two years! Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts made by KCAI's talented students and visit each studio on campus including Animation, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Foundation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Product Design, Sculpture and Social Practice. All proceeds benefit individual student artists and designers. Masks required.  Friday, December 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 5, from noon to 5 p.m. If you can’t make the in person event, browse select work by following @kcartinstitute on Instagram or at the End of Semester virtual show December 3 through December 17. Artwork will not be for sale online. Artwork by Zoe Mayne ('22 Printmaking)

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