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Preview & Performance | Ambiguous Becoming

Ambiguous Becoming: Artists’ Moving Image from Canada
Cooper Gallery DJCAD x MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image

A collaboration between the Cooper Gallery (Dundee, Scotland) and MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (Montréal, Canada), with artists:
Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith, and Camille Turner
Chloë Lum + Yannick Desranleau
Victoria Sin

Preview: In-Conversation & Performance
Thursday 23 January, 5.30–8pm

Join us for the preview of Ambiguous Becoming: Artists’ Moving Image from Canada, a group exhibition of artists’ moving image work curated in collaboration with MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (Montréal, Canada). Maude Johnson (Executive and Curatorial Assistant of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image) will be in-conversation with Kitty Anderson (Director of LUX Scotland) on the context of artists' moving image practices in Canada and Scotland and the recent programme of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image.

During the preview event artists Chloë Lum + Yannick Desranleau will present a new iteration of their ongoing performance Becoming Unreal (2018–ongoing), a score for voice and object, performed live by Scotland based Soprano singer Eilidh Thomson.

The event is free and unticketed.

Doors open from 5pm
In-Conversation from 5.30pm
Performance starts at 6.45pm

Ambiguous Becoming, Preview: In-conversation & Performance
Photos by Sally Jubb.

Speakers' Biographies
Kitty Anderson is Director of LUX Scotland, an organisation based in Glasgow that supports, develops and promotes artists’ moving image practices across Scotland. LUX Scotland website.

Maude Johnson is the Executive and Curatorial Assistant of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image (Montréal, Canada). As a curator and writer, she is interested in performative and curatorial practices. She was part of the curatorial team of MOMENTA’s 2019 edition and is co-curator (with Sophia Yadong Hao) of Ambiguous Becoming: Artists’ Moving Image from Canada (2020). MOMENTA website.


Bringing together a broad spectrum of artists and collaborations from Canada, Ambiguous Becoming draws out and delineates the rich scope of aesthetic, critical, and philosophical positions underscoring the politics of the performative body. Recognising the implicit struggles against colonialism, patriarchy, and capitalism waged on and within the body, the exhibition actively asserts the necessity of claiming ownership of the body throughout its performative and discursive iterations.

Indicating and referencing the multitude of cultures, psychologies, identities, and genders at stake in the artists’ works, the exhibition addresses the dynamics of power and its resistant double, the unrestrained agency of becoming. Underscored by this ambition Ambiguous Becoming offers a portrayal of bodies in the moment of their resistance to the twin horrors of objectification and unfettered consumption.

Click here for full details on the exhibition.


Venue Information

Cooper Gallery
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

University of Dundee
13 Perth Road
Dundee DD1 4HT

The gallery is on two floors. First floor has ramped access and disabled toilet.

Second floor is accessible via lift and for wheelchair access via a stairclimber.
Large print versions of the exhibition information handout are available, please ask our Guides.

For access enquiries please contact

Image credit:
Chloë Lum + Yannick Desranleau, What Do Stones Smell Like in the Forest? (video still), 2018. Performer: Marie-Annick Béliveau.

Ambiguous Becoming has been made possible with funding support from the Québec Government Office, London.