Becoming More - ten-day event

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Becoming More ten-day event

18/05/2017 - 28/05/2017
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Becoming More is a ten-day caucus comprising of lectures, performances, screenings, commissions, discussions and food hosted by the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. The caucus will open on the evening of  the 18th, with a keynote lecture by Gloria Wekker.

On the 10th anniversary of the research and exhibition project Be(com)ing Dutch it is time to convene again – to come together to strengthen existing alliances and to develop new affinities. Through the caucus we will ask how art can provide a productive, critical space where solidarities are formed and political visions rehearsed. In other words, it will ask: ‘How can we become more?’
For Becoming More, the Van Abbemuseum invited artists, organizers and thinkers working in the Netherlands to author distinct days, bringing different forms of knowledge and experiences into the museum. We believe at this critical juncture of unrest, it is vital to listen, consolidate and share. The programme is the outcome of these extensive discussions from which a series of urgent topics have emerged.

The programme includes:

Thursday 18 May, Opening: Lecture by Gloria Wekker (sold out)
Friday May 19th, day 1: On Experience and Choicesconvened by Iris Kensmil
Saturday May 20th, day 2: Future Caucusconvened by Eric de Bruyn and Sven Lütticken
Sunday May 21st, day 3: Towards Entangled Modes of Becoming Moreconvened by Emily Pethick and Leire Vegara as part of the DAI’s Roaming Assembly #14.
Monday May 22nd, day 4: DAI's The Kitchen / Not the Restaurant, lecture performances by 13 DAI-students 
Tuesday May 23rd, day 5: DAI projects
Wednesday May 24th, day 6: Practice against the Persistence of the Mercantile, lecture Rachel O'Reilly
Thursday May 25th, day 7: DAI openings and Agents of Change
Friday May 26th, day 8: convened by Vaari Claffey, Sam Keogh and Agents of Change
Saturday May 27th, day 9: Krut’krutuconvened by Charl Landvreugd
Sunday May 28th, day 10: House Rules?convened by Frontier Imaginaries with As Long As it Takes (Bijlmerpark Theaer, HipHopHuis, and University of Colour)

As part of Becoming More, the Roaming Academy (DAI) lands in Eindhoven with the Van Abbemuseum. Seminars, events and exhibitions will unfold throughout the city of Eindhoven.


Do you want to know more about the program? See here our program booklet.

Becoming More playlist

Opening speech Charles Esche - Annie Fletcher


A day ticket costs €10,- and includes, unless stated otherwise, lunch and dinner.

Ticket Sunday 28 May

Live blog Becoming More on Open!

DAI’s Open! COOP Academy Publishing Class will provide live coverage of the symposia taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 19, 20, 21 at the Van Abbemuseum's auditorium. You can follow them on their live blog.

Becoming More participants include:

Karin Amatmoekrim, Jabu Arnell, Amandla Awethu!, Raul Balai, Markus Balkenhol, Richard Bell, Zach Blas, Sara Blokland, Jelle Bouwhuis, Ricardo Burgzorg, Sinan Cankaya, Binna Choi, Ernestine Comvalius, Jessica de Abreu, Mariette Dolle, Diedrich Diederichsen, Bassam el Baroni, Mitchell Esajas, Kodwo Eshun, Paul Faber, Chandra Frank, Quincy Gario, Susan Gibb, Ozkan Golpinar, Paul Goodwin, Florian Göttke, Antonio Jose Guzman, Nancy Hoffman, Nancy Jouwe, Guno Jones, Remy Jungerman, Navine Khan Dossos, Yuki Kihara, Patricia Kaersenhout, Maurizio Lazzarato, Imara Limon, Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson, Michael Marder, Marian Markelo, Doreen Mende, Jon Mikel Euba, Wayne Modest, Ruth Noack, Rachel O’Reilly, Rob Perree, Sarah Pierce, Josien Pieterse, Andre Reeder, Resistance is Fertile, Alejandra Riera, Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Jorinde Seijdel, Kerstin Stakemeier, The Umbrella network, Untold, Yolande van der Heide, Els van der Plas, Ferdinand van Dieten, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, Vincent van Velsen, Aruna Vermeulen, Marina Vishmidt, McKenzie Wark, Gloria Wekker, Marga Weimans, Simone Zeefuik, Vivian Ziherl, Tirdad Zolghadr.  

The caucus is organised by:

Annie Fletcher with Megs Morley, Nick Aikens, Annette Eliëns, Inge Borsje and the Van Abbemuseum team.

Main partner:  

The Dutch Art Institute (DAI) Arnhem.


Universiteit Leiden(UL), Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (KASK) Ghent, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Baltan Laboratories.


Becoming More is made possible with the support of Mondriaan Fund and Culture Ireland.

Becoming More consists of :


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