Meredith Kooi is an artist, curator, critic, researcher, and educator working across mediums who is driven by curiosity and an eagerness to understand the places where she is at any point in time. Using performance, radio, audio, installation, drawing, writing, the web, and social practice, Meredith digs into the materials of history to uncover narratives of place. Meredith was awarded Creative Loafing’s inaugural Influencer in Art & Culture award (2018), was a recipient of the 2014-2015 Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award, and was a WonderRoot Hughley Fellow (2017-18). She is the founder and director of the curatorial platform ALTERED MEANS, the director of development at The Bakery Atlanta, and was the editor and assistant director of Radius (2011-2017), an experimental radio broadcast platform in Chicago. She received her MA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a PhD candidate in The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University.
Meredith Kooi’s project, tentatively titled Memories of Muncie, is a collaborative storytelling project that invites the residents of Muncie to participate. Through a series of workshops that include such process as conducting and recording oral histories, soundwalking, archival research, asset mapping, and more, the project seeks to create a living archive of Muncie and will culminate with a participatory exhibition. Meredith will collaborate with Ball State University Students throughout the project.