Documentation: Manuel Vason & Benjamin Sebastian
Curation: Benjamin Sebastian
Exhibition Design: Matteo Cortés & Benjamin Sebastian
& The Human Constellation:
Joseph Morgan Schofield
Andre Braga Verissimo
B e c o m i n g C o n s t e l l a t i o n
2 0 1 7 – O n g o i n g.
Becoming Constellation is a live, interdisciplinary & collaborative artwork lead by Benjamin Sebastian. Begun in 2017, the artwork was initially conceived as a live archive and ongoing research methodology concerned with; “Queer narrative production – or – What it feels like to live through queerness”. In January 2017 Sebastian invited ten collaborators to co-operate in manifesting such an archive, with the research provocation: “We are more than our bodies, we are relations in time and space”. This process involved each collaborator:
Donating three artworks to be digitally archived and exhibited in group shows intermittently across time.
Answering a questionnaire regarding gender, class, ability, sexuality, race & queerness; to be included as a cut-up textual artwork within said exhibitions.
Donating a nude self portrait; to be included as a cut-up photographic artwork within said exhibitions.
Creating a magical statement of intent; a Sigil – pertaining to their lives & queerness – to be tattooed onto their body and the body of Benjamin Sebastian, as well as being included in said exhibitions.
The sigils produced by The Human Constellation have created a new and growing vernacular. This vernacular can be understood as a technology of queer resistance. The sigils' existence and meanings create an autonomous system of knowledge & power set aside from heteronormative systems of oppression and control. The Human Constellation maintain entire authorship, knowledge and control of the sigils – choosing if, as & when to share their meaning and power.
Further outcomes of this process have been numerous. The elements visible within this iteration of Becoming Constellation are an edited, re-visualising of the larger evolving archive process and its' objects.