Melting Point is an award-winning queer, experimental, feminist erotic short that captures the heat between two lovers, literally. Shot with a thermal camera, the film records the scene using temperature instead of light, revealing new ways of seeing pleasure, play, and desire.
Mindy Stricke ~ Canada
Inspired by my own erotic awakening as I entered into a polyamorous relationship and realized that I’m queer, I’ve been making work exploring how women can connect with our erotic selves through a series of projects called Erospace.
Melting Point shows the dance of the erotic through the female gaze and an unusual lens. Two female lovers come together in sensual and sexual play—only the scene is filmed with a thermal camera, which records temperature instead of light. Purple and black represent cold, while orange, red, and white show heat. The warmth of a hot shower, the extreme cold of ice cubes sliding across skin, and the literal heat of two bodies coming together are transformed into unexpected explosions of color. The resulting experiment allows us to see women’s sexual pleasure differently, and the joy that is possible when we are honest about who we are and what we want.
Mindy Stricke is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher mapping vulnerability, authenticity, and belonging. Through a multi-layered, participatory research process, and using a range of forms including photography, audio, video, and interactive installations, she abstracts and transforms everyday objects, texts, and stories to reveal new perspectives of the landscapes of our lives.
Mindy’s work has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and has been exhibited throughout North America, and featured in CBC Arts, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Japan’s Voce Magazine, Toronto Star, Modern Loss, What’s Your Grief, and the Smithsonian Institute of Photography book and exhibit, “Click! Photography Changes Everything.” A transplanted New Yorker now living in Montréal, she is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University.