On Becoming Each Other

DK Trehgorka, Moscow, Russia
25.7.16 — 20.8.16

The existence of art depends on the existence of an exterior that shapes subjectivity of an art practitioner. There is something that is given to her, or rather — happens to her as a kind of an accident, indifferently and autonomously: not at the level of meaning and content, but at through effects, sensation, perception. The artist’s body/mind thus becomes alienated from her as it seeks to repeat the rhythms and rhymes of grasped ideas. The notion of becoming, introduced by Deleuze and Guattari in 1970s, denoted this natural ability of a human-being to ‘attune’, evolve in accordance to the internal drives that produce her as a unique entity. Becoming stands for one’s given ontological independency from external order, identities, categories and laws — imposed by the artificial sense of belonging to something other than herself. One is changing, yet the change is irrational, and therefore cannot be predicted or penned down in advance. Accordingly, an artist would not be an identity (to be an artist), but a capacity: being able to make sense of what is going on around, respond to one’s intuition and attune herself to contemporaneity — via becoming-artist.

The idea for the collaborative curatorial project in revisiting the notion of becoming today emerged from a shared observation of the ambiguous state of young art community, to which we belong; those, who increasingly speak the same language, read the same books and faithfully follow each other in social media. Despite the distanced cultural and socio-political settings, the identical concepts and repetitive stylistic peculiarities simultaneously emerge in our art practices worldwide. Is that a matter of individual choice: to join the newly set camp with its attractive values and aesthetics — or an external force that makes the two minds think alike, unconsciously?As the two curators placed in the similar conditions, in “Becoming Each Other” we investigate the responses of our minds/bodies to the sense of working together; being tuned to the same ideas separately. Starting from the point of indeterminacy, the final exhibition will be unknown — yet fixated point that will only become perceptible in the moment of its existence. It is an approach of a different dimension with no pre-designed mind-set for its development. Instead of taking the resemblances in our thinking and actions as the starting point — we will examine the ways of how differences are produced in the said conditions. Preparing the two semi-separate exhibitions with the same subject to begin with (becoming as an artistic strategy), we will employ it as both the conceptual grounds, and our curatorial methodology. By coinciding the two projects in one space, we will monitor, map and critically reflect on the dynamics of production of differences. We will leave behind the logic of comparison, and opt for exploring the interior of selected artworks: coinciding with what each of them has that is unique and, accordingly, inexpressible.

— Sasha Burkhanova and Ekaterina Kovaleva, 2016.