On Becoming…. is Michael Turner’s contribution to the exhibition catalogue for “The Long Time: 21st Century Art of Steele + Tomczak” curated by Paul Wong and co-presented by VIVO and ON MAIN, September 6-29 2012. Turner’s writing responds to the four-channel installation Becoming…. Initiated during a residency at VIVO in 2006,Becoming… frames tableauxs of contrasting eras in urban architecture in contemporary Berlin, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Attuned to the process and conditions of Becoming….’s production and materiality, Turner unfolds Deleuze and Guattari’s writing on assemblage, the rhizome and the nomad, as well as dialectical materialsm and intemezzo.
No Reading will take place in the installation of Becoming… Participants wishing to view the exhibition may come earlier in the day from 12-7pm. “The Long Time” is open Sept 7-29, Wed-Sat 12-6pm.
Michael Turner’s books include Hard Core Logo, The Pornographer’s Poem and 8×10. He is also the co-author (with Grant Arnold) of Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs. In January 2012 he co-curated (with Scott Watson) Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
The Long Time: 21st Century Art of Steele + Tomczak. Edited by Paul Wong. Contributors: Jim Drobnick, Jennifer Fisher, Michael Turner, Felix Vogel and Paul Wong. Published by On Main (On The Cutting Edge Productions Society).
Alex has been involved with VIVO for several years, in many capacities, including video restoration, installation, distribution, and various programming endeavours. He also programs experimental radio for Soundscapes on CFRO. He has a degree in film studies and comparative literature from the University of Alberta.