Becoming-Vegetal, Becoming-Inorganic, Becoming-You
In this talk, Shawn will discuss Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of ‘becomings’ as a generative force of engagement in the context of his works. He will focus in particular on three pieces– Entwined, in which he is bound with plant personhoods; Needing, in which he is kneaded with 50 pounds of flour; Corresponding with Differences, in which he corresponds in letters with a community that is ‘not yet here’. Shawn will investigate how becomings, which “lack a subject distinct from itself”, might suggest other ways to reconfigure the encounter in ‘relational’ art, and perhaps even alternative ways of conceiving communities.
Date: 16 December 2014
“My works often linger uncertainly in the uncanny, engaging conceptual evocations of puppetry, and exploring the abominable loves of person-thing relations. I have since become increasingly suspicious of my own personhood as I become aware of the uncanny liveness of things.”
[Rest of bio redacted due to artist’s suspicion of his own personhood.]