Infinite Becomings began as a process, a pre-existing method of working framed by the writing of Peter Osborne. The Lucida Collective prioritise growing ‘processes’ over the finished forms of ‘objects’. A process being method and continuation; it is incomplete and in motion. Each idea or draft becomes a fragment; an initial ‘finite form’ that is an origin to an ‘infinite’ growth of multiplicities. By valuing the artwork as a process over an object; these incomplete fragments manifest into an ‘artistic process of infinite becomings’¹. This conceptual framework nurtured their influx practices and adaptations to making during the Covid-19 pandemic. It nourished their collaborative processes, where through discussions; a fragment becomes remixed and remade into layers and layers and layers of infinite becomings.
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In the exhibition space, this collective process/ state of becoming is made manifest as an installation. Discarded, resting, gestating, unfurling fragments inhabit the space in three-dimensional form. Each fragment (work in process/ image, object, text), is installed with the conversations, notes and drafts that they developed from. Fragments include; floating frames, glitching images, quiet light, living terrariums, lost statues, and sculptural poems. Incomplete fragments connect to coalesce into one, whole ‘state of becoming’². This collective stream of consciousness grows into being along the gallery walls, becoming an expanded brainstorm; an exhibition as a notebook.
From outside, the NCAD Gallery window frames and shapes the installation, giving passersby an insight into the process of the works as they develop. Viewers can connect digitally to Infinite Becomings via AR filters and through the installation’s online manifestation. The AR filters allow visuals to appear over physical work while using a smartphone, revealing a digital layer of development from each fragment. A website archive will hold fragments of works in process, video documentation of the install and a series of podcasts exploring our key concepts.
Both reflect the Collective’s new adaptations to the pandemic; where their encounters with artwork, the forms they take and spaces they occupy fluctuate between the physical and digital.The AR filters can be used in situ through the Gallery window and over images in the Infinite Becomings Zine. To reach viewers at home the Zine will be available via post from the Infinite Becomings website.The Zine visualises the collective stream of consciousness, and includes a postal project that allows viewers to become part of this flow.
This is the first iteration in a series of Infinite Becomings‘ growth. Existing as a physical entity in the NCAD Gallery space from the 13th April to 11th May, 2021. Each new layer of development will be manifested again in a new propagator space. The LUCIDA Collective archive their process from their central online archive: https://infinitebecomings.hotglue.me. This website archive will hold fragments of works in process, video documentation of the install and a series of podcasts exploring their key concepts.
¹,² Peter Osborne, Anywhere Or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art, London: Verso, 2013