The Meltionary

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.


As MELT, Loren Britton and Isabel Paehr are arts-design researchers who work with games, tech and radical pedagogy. Investigating the political & material conditions of tech infrastructures, they re-distribute agency in socio-technological systems 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 and workshops. MELT has been influenced by (melting) Ice, Freezers, Software, Signal, moving too fast/slow, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Digital Materialism, Decolonial thinking, Gifs, Climate Protests, Anti-Racism and Dancing.


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Next up:

Early 2021: Rituals Against Barriers, Research Refusal, Transmediale, Berlin, DE

Early 2021: Release of PreCog Magazine with our contribution Meltionary: Melting as a Shapeshifting Figuration

writing: “N.N. (Nomen Nomiandum)”, in Doing Research, edited by Sandra Hofhues and Konstanze Schütze, Transcript-Verlag, DE

writing: “MELTING”, in More Posthuman Glossary, edited by Goda Klumbytė, Emily Jones and Rosie Braidotti, Bloomsbury Academic, UK

May 2021: OVEREXPOSED residency at SONIC ACTS


text/meltry: Printed Circuit Boards towards Non-Binary Computation. In collaboration with Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania and their program: Post-Pandemic Futures

input: Crumbling, Churning, Dissolving [Black Boxes]: Towards ending (bureaucratic) Oppression Bureaucracksy Programme by Constant Brussels, BE

talk: Bug Report: Binary Logic at Gender, Media, Affect. Amplified Asymmetries Berlin, DE

workshop & curation: Bug Report: Tuning to trans*feminist Xystem.Crash at Zitadelle Berlin Berlin, DE

text: Warming Up for the Unknown with David Scarantino published by COVEN Berlin

workshop: MIAU ID at Control Shift Bristol, UK

talk: On Meltionary, PreCog Time Episode 16, New York, US

talk: Meltionary: Heating Matters / Change Flux & workshop: Subtle Shifts: Instability Story Hour, Goldsmiths University of London, Class: Digital Arts Computing, London, UK

workshop: MELT DOWN: Climate CRYsis. DGTL FMNSM, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, DE

talk: persisting flux : softening matter : heating for radical social change & workshop: Disperse! Dissolve! Disintegrate! Cooking up flux., Karlsruhe University of Art & Design, Class: Women in Computing, Karlsruhe, DE

workshop: Code, Layers, Infrastructures, in collaboration with Jörn Röder & Kamran Behrouz with The New Alphabet School, Invited by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin & The Common Room, New Delhi, IN


talk: Making Trans*lucent: En/Countering Categorization. DGTL FMNSM, Hellerau Festspielhaus, Dresden, DE