Concrescence is a term used in biology and refers to the growing together of related parts or growth by the increase of the addition of particles. Similarly the term is also employed by the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead to designate the growing together of diverse elements into a newly evolving entity, that never fully congeals. >Likewise, the installation Concrescence is a metaphor for the hybrid combinations of object and subject that are formed through a lifetime of intimate relations with objects: where do we start and where do they begin?.
Marx defined human social relations as constructed through relationships with commodities or “economic cell forms”. Likewise, the collective force of social, economic and personal interaction with these “economic cell forms” changes the identity and meaning of both objects and subjects. Accepting the surface and structural appearance of commodities requires faith in the inherent certainty of ‘a priori’ knowledge; perhaps other forms can take shape through the shadowy array of relations and networks that are always already a part of us.
Concrescence suggests that the relationships that we have with objects are far more mutable and intricate, inevitably involving many more materials, ideas and agencies than current notions of agency or subjectivity can explain. Just as the Elizabethans used to say: “Pursue your shadow and you will never catch it. Run from your shadow and it will follow you anywhere”, suggests that making shadows contains a resemblance of the thing it shadows and allows us to retrieve information about objects' shapes, locations and movements relative to a surface. Nevertheless, shadows do not have a precise location in three-dimensional space: are they over the surface and touching it, or in the surface?
This same ambiguiuty touches our relations with everyday objects. Do these relations ever completely congeal? And can we locate in its entirety, the complete gambit of connections that intrinsically bond us to ‘them’ and therefore to a wider global network of flows and modalities.
Concescence has been exhibited at-
2006 “Beapworks”, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia
2006 “NewForms06” Vancouver, Canada
2006 “Collision 06” University of Victoria, Canada
2007 "Computational Aesthetics", Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
2007 "Haptic 07", “ ZeroToOne Gallery” Kitchener , Canada