Becoming-Vegetal, Becoming-Inorganic, Becoming-You

Photo credit: Shawn Chua in Needing, taken by Tomaz Capobianco

Becoming is certainly not imitating, or identifying with something […] Becoming is a verb with a consistency all its own; it does not reduce to, or lead back to, “appearing,” “being,” “equaling,” or “producing.”
– Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

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
Time: 7:30–9:30pm
Venue: Independent Archive & Resource Centre, 67 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199942
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“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.]