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Not to be a singular being 

Stemming from the vision of Édouard Glissant, Not to be a singular being is an ongoing initiative that examines what it might mean to 'be one and multiple', 'be yourselves and the other' simultaneously, spanning exhibitions, performances, screenings, discursive events, online platforms and new commissions.

As a form of resistance to commodified identity politics and the reduction of human beings into static classification, the 1st edition of Not to be a singular being brings awareness of our own personal complexity, speculating on and forging entanglements with others. This way the project is dedicated to imagining "difference", and "otherness" anew. It consists of an exhibition, an opening night with four performances,  two related events, and an online platform.

Initiated by Renee Xinying Zhong

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All texts coppyright the authors. 
Not to be a singular being

Exhibition and performances

︎Venue: Chisenhale Art Place Studio, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London, E3 5QZ

The opening night performances unfold with a reading and discussion of Katarina Ranković's Anomaline, an experimental novel which depicts a protagonist without identity. Subsequently, a live reading performance of her script A Ritual Resuscitation of Eternal Lovers is conducted by two volunteers. Following from this, there is a real-time visual performance of Asuf Ishaq's works Articles of home (2022) and Mother (2020) by the artist himself. Performing as Foxy Azucar, Maria Joranko continually activates the space with a semi-improvised performance also a musical collaboration with Allison Balanc, Armor Amor VII: Espíritu Corazón, facilitating conversation through a combination of singing and speaking. The audience is guided through musical interventions and asked to consider what their visions of a new world via collectivity entail. Montages of moments of transformation will be superimposed on her reflective performing dress and earthwork relic.

Opening night performances 

5:30 - 9:00 pm, 25th September, 2022
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5:30 - 6:30pm
Katarina Ranković, Anomaline
6:30 - 6:40pm
6:40 - 7:10pm
Katarina Ranković, A Ritual Resuscitation of Eternal Lovers
7:10 - 7:20pm
7:20 - 7:50pm
Visual performance of Asuf Ishaq's works Articles of home (2022) and Mother (2020)
7:50 - 8:00pm
8:00 - 9:00pm
Foxy Azucar, Armor Amor VII: EspírituCorazón


12:00 - 5:00 pm, 25- 27th September, 2022
Free entry 

The events' settings is further evolved throughout the exhibition. For Ranković's A Ritual Resuscitation of Eternal Lovers, visitors can experience becoming a fictional couple seeking to become autonomous agents and donate their reading of her script. The recording of Azucar's performance encourages visitors to have conversations with herself and contribute their audio recording. All the recordings can be uploaded through the online platform, which is accessible via the QR code provided in both the exhibition and the dedicated exhibition Instagram page. We will project it on-site in real-time. These settings is displayed alongside small sculptures and paintings of Diana Zrnic's latest series, In Between (2022), which illustrates a continuous developing and paradoxical state: That we are hyper-individual and simultaneously experiencing discrete selves and more intangible interactions with the other. Ranković's video work, Letter to the Dominant Character (2021), in which she documented herself, primarily in personal spaces, as different characters in response to the other and the surroundings, thereby examining the notion of authenticity and dominant self, will be exhibited above Zrnic's table-like sculpture to create a domestic atmosphere. Between this work and Azucar's soil and earth-made relic, a TV screen leaning on the cabinet will display Ishaq's moving images, as both strongly invoke earthly material.

Exhibiting all artworks by the wall and not giving a suggested itinerary is empty the centre area of the space, as well as the hallway to the patio and exit. The project hopes to encourage visitors to wander and participate in the space, thereby stimulating audiences to actively think about artwork and their own routes of the show.

1st day

 12:00 - 5:00  pm
Opening Night performances
 5:30   - 9:00  pm

2nd day

12:00 - 5:00  pm

3rd day

12:00 - 5:00  pm

1:00  - 2:30 pm