Melting is a shape shifting figuration that changes what it touches. In times of climate change, melting proposes material transformation induced by heat, pressure or another friction. Melting is a computational practice in the soldering of components, and a planetary reality in the melting of ice caps and the entwined colonial, racial and ecological effects.
In Chemistry: chemically + socially, a state of matter change in which something more solid changes into something more liquid or less stable on the level of molecules. Melting proposes a change of state through heat, pressure or another friction. This makes it a mode of conflict. Example: Ice caps are melting.
In Depictions of Witchcraft: 'I'm melting!". Example: Wicked Witch of West, The Wizard of Oz.
In Process: Conceptually, melting is a mode to work with/through change and indeterminacy instead of deconstruction or modularity, attempts that are about breaking down a whole into parts. It is a material en/counter practice.
In Sandwiches: Sandwich with cheese, and another thing. Example: Two pieces of bread and cheese plus heat.
In Material: Deeply material process. Example: When a lollipop is left out in the sun, (above 30degrees celsius or around 98 degrees Ferenheight) it becomes sticky and melts.
In Forced Assimilation: Melting Pot. Example: When assimilation of migrants was enforced in the United States.
In Measurement: Elements have melting points. Melting itself is difficult to measure. While temperature, pressure and friction can be measured, there is little language available to describe the process of melting itself. Melting is opposed to classification and categorization. Example: When attempting to classify an artifact, if it begins to melt, the classification and categorization system that it may be sorted into becomes undone.
In Horror Movies: Melting zombies and vampires.
In Black Feminist Thinking: A way of understanding change as a process and processes as ongoing. References: Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, Alexis Pauline Gumbs' M Archive: After the End of the World, Denise Ferreira Da Silva's On Heat.
In Time: Melting questions linear time. Example: The Caldera Lava Bed which errupted over 630,000 years ago is still moving. Things that have melted, do not always return to their previous, pre melt, form.
In Politics: Politically not neutral, it has violence within it as a concept, it is dangerous for some but life-affirming for others. Example: Rising sea levels have made some coastal islands and coast lines uninhabitable and others disappear entirely.
In Resistance: Resists definitional practice or quantification.
In Molecules: At a molecular level it requires space for expansion.
In Mess: High mess-making potential - potentially toxic.
In Jokes: Why don't people like talking about the melting sea ice? Answer: It's a polarizing issue.
see also: Ice Cream, Material Feminisms, Violence, Vibrant Matter, Mess, Toxic ref: Britney Spears, Toxic ref: Masculinity, Toxic ref: Nuclear Waste, Lactic Acid, my heart *you sweetie*, Crayons
Permeating is a material property that connects differently structured and structuring substrates. It proposes a surface with an uncertain depth and can't necessarily be percieved by human senses. Permeating frames devices that scaffold possibilities of contact.
In Material: Enables material practices of ‚reaching through‘ instead of just ‚seeing through‘. Permeating is a mode of leaking.
In Interfaces: Along an interface, that manifests for example as a membrane or between otherwise incompatible programming scripts, an exchange happens between different structured and differently structuring materials. These materials co-constitute each other through the specific configuration of their interface’s permeability. Permeating is oftentimes too small or not vocal enough to be perceived by human senses and especially by human eyes.
In Process. Interfaces are zones, and open-ended. Reference: With Alexander Galloway we argue that ‚Interfaces are not things, but rather processes that effect a result of whatever kind.‘
In Haptics: Not visual per/say, different to transparency.
In Reaching: Reaching through vs seeing through. This makes permeating a matter of access. Example: Reaching into a box to try and identify the material or things inside. Is it cold spaghetti? Is it a blanket? Is it melting ice? Example: Instead of calling for decision making to be transparent, ask for it to be permeable.
In Recognition: Not fully making something available. Example: Lace or beaded curtains do not fully close off a space, nor do they make it fully open to enter.
In Boundaries: Wifi-waves as permeating architectures and bodies. Permeating suggests that no body or system is closed and that there is no 'outside'.
In Membrane: The prosity of the membrane determines the entire possibility.
In Surfaces: Oftentimes is to do with the surface, mediating entity.
In Framing: Framing device for variable perspectives. Pearmeating undoes rectangular shapes and enclosed structures. Example: A french press has a porous aluminium structure through which coffee floats.
In Non-Binary: Permeating is not an either/or binary process, it proposes modes of both/and.
In Electrochemistry: Semipermeability is employed in electrochemical applications. Example: Batteries.
In Collectivities: Nothing is ever seperate, all is conditionally connected.
see also: Body without Organs, Informatic Opacity, Nonseparability, Sensing Practices, Jello, Cotton Fabric, Prisms, 3d scanning application, Pasta Strainer, Space-time-continum, Petals of flowers, Smell
Leaking (📣 lēk), leaked, leaking, leaks.
Leaking is a material phenomenon in different fields such as chemistry, computation/electronics, whistle blowing, crying that always point towards an opening of an already porous body or system. This shifting computational (and not) process opens a contingent space that undoes the solidity of non/human artifacts and frameworks.
In Electronics: happens when electrons leave the path they are supposed to flow on because a conducting material meets another conductor. Example: When the isolation of a wire breaks, it touches salt water, which is also a conductor. A leak results in the loss or corruption of electrons or data.
From Faces: When crying. Example: "I'm leaking!", said the Grinch.
In Social Relations: Occurs when people leak sensitive or private information, for example unreleased game footage or classified information. A constant maintaince of keeping people from 'spilling over'. Example: Chelsea Manning released information on war crimes to be public.
In Computation: a constant performance of refreshments of bits in memory to prevent a leak (1). Example: DRAM memory is refreshed at the rate of milliseconds. Reference: In Habits of Leaking: Of Sluts and Network Cards the theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and the filmmaker Sarah Friedland argue that 'new media are not simply about leaks: they are leak‘.
In Sluttiness: Chun and Friedland describe how network cards connect computers with networks in a default mode that is called ‚promiscuous‘ since it is specifically the openness of network cards towards any and all internet traffic that makes it possible to interconnect computers. These basics of network technology are, according to Chun and Friedland leaky, and „technically speaking, initially „slutty“’. Through this lense, slutiness is celebrated as leaking (7).
In Kitchens: A messy spill with a sicky fluid in your fridge. Example: The jam from my friend had a small hole in its container and now my entire fridge has liquid jam on its surface.
In Elemental Relations: When the mercury cries (a kind of sound of it crying/leaking). Example: When mercury is frozen with nitrogen oxide it makes a cracking noise when it is broken in half.
In Networks: A way of relating between internet nodes. Example: The p2p Gossip protocol is inspired by how people „spill over“ and thus leak social data.
In Political, Electronic, Artistic contexts: It has a subversive potential because it is about leaving the connection from a to b. Example: By leaking out of disciplines T*FTS (Trans*Feminist TechnoScience) undoes the boundaries of previously worked with intersections.
see related: Leach, Botulism, Sharks biting Internet Cables, Snowden, Telegraph Wires, Soy Sauce, Melted Ice Cream, P2P, Radiation, Nuclear Power Plants, Joy, Leaks and Stings, Noise