My Minnesota State Arts Board supported animation, "Now I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds," will be premiered on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, MN, in companion with Last Vacation Before the End of the World (Part 1), a multimedia participatory experience (see below). I have been working on this animation with the support of the grant since early 2016, but you may recognize some of the images from as far back as 2011 when I created the participatory performance Dearest. This dream-like, hand-drawn animation explores the historical context and lived realities of the current nuclear age. The animation also features original sound by Duluth-based composer Kathy McTavish.
Kelley A Meister is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
I want you to think about the end of the world.* Where will you go when the bombs fall? What songs will you serenade it with? What will you bring? As a companion to the premiere of “Now I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds,” I would like to invite you to accompany me on our Last Vacation Before the End of the World (Part 1), June 14, 2017.
*world as we know it, an anthro-centric view, shall we say
On view May 4, 2017-August 30, 2017: Where Do We Go From Here?, a three-channel video collage installation that explores the possibilities of what Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi River Valley will look like 150 years from now. More info here.
See Crush Project (2007) at Feminist Video Quarterly, #6. What does it mean to be crushing? And why are they so crushing? This project explores the development of a crush, sharing intimately with the audience my crushes, objects I've given and received from crushes, and other tidbits as an homage to Sadie Benning, my ultimate artist-crush.
Jerome Travel/Study 2017 Recipient - Stay Tuned!
In Spring 2018, I will be traveling throughout the southwest US to research nuclear testing sites, thanks to the Jerome Travel/Study fund.
I am so excited and mildly terrified to see these places in person. This research will inform a longer version of “Now I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds” , Part 2 of Last Vacation Before the End of the World, and much more work in the future.