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March 05, 2010



BECOMING is any process of change; any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.

Becoming is an attitude towards time and change, it has a dynamic aspect of time called temporal becoming or passage. In the metaphysics of time, it understands passage or becoming and its relation to existence. Future and past events at a place, on this view, are no more less real than distant events at a time.
The now like the here is a function of one’s perspective, one’s position in the spacetime, and these positions are indicated by the line in the spacetime representing the history of spacetime locations of a particular object or person.

On this view, the future is still merely possible rather than actual; the past has become and is fully actual. If one thinks of the future as a branching structure of alternative possibilities (as the result, for instance, of free human choices or indeterministic quantum measurements), then one can think of the past and present as the trunk of that tree, growing as possibilities become actual in the present.

“BECOMING”, a collaborative art exhibition of young fine arts students still in their first year and second year levels from the University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines, provides an illuminating series of reflections on their relation between events, facts, and substances; their relations between a moment’s being present with respect to a given perspective and a moment’s simply being present.

Their works are notes of passages if one will assume to think of qualitative change – the acquisition and loss of presentness when viewed as second-order event in the history of first-order event. It is worth noting that on this view, these young aspiring artists in a given present, will present a tendency for debates in the future. For now are backdrop for introducing relations to temporal precedence and alternative accounts of becoming, perhaps their primacy or immediacy of experience in understanding and perception of time. Distinguishably, in one form or another, it is worth examining a bit more closely what tries to define a notion of becoming as time will discover how they assume to evolve as essences of their existence in the years to come.

BECOMING opens on 5 March 2010, 5PM at the NCCA Gallery, for details please contact Mimi Santos at (632) 527-2192 or email us at The gallery is located at G/F NCCA Building, 633 Gen. Luna St. Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. Gallery Hours: Mondays – Fridays 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; Saturdays and other Holidays – by Appointment