ABERRANT NUPTIALS

2nd International Conference on Deleuze & Artistic Research

To become is never to imitate, nor to ‘do like’, nor to conform to a model, whether it is of justice or of truth. There is no terminus from which you set out, none which you arrive at or which you ought to arrive at. Nor are there two terms which are exchanged. The question ‘What are you becoming?’ is particularly stupid. For as someone becomes, what he is becoming changes as much as he does himself. Becomings are not phenomena of imitation or assimilation, but of a double capture, of non-parallel evolution, of nuptials between two reigns. Nuptials are always against nature. Nuptials are the opposite of a couple. There are no longer binary machines: question-answer, masculine-feminine, man-animal, etc. This could be what a conversation is - simply the outline of a becoming. The wasp and the orchid provide the example.
— Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, Dialogues II. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, p. 3.
Life alone creates such zones [of indeterminacy] where living beings whirl around, and only art can reach and penetrate them in its enterprise of co-creation. This is because from the moment that the material passes into sensation, as in a sculpture, art itself lives on these zones of indetermination.
— Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, What is Philosophy? New York: Columbia University Press, 1994, p. 173.