Becket MWN

Theory and writing

Becket MWN is an Amsterdam-based writer and artist, originally from the United States. He received his BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College in 2007, and his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2014, and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2015 to 2017. He publishes his writing under the name Becket Flannery, and his upcoming book The Chance Event, wherein… on The Chance Event, a performative theory conference organized by Chris Kraus and Semiotext(e) in a casino in the Nevada desert, is forthcoming. Forthcoming texts include an essay on William Pope.L for Metropolis M and an essay co-authored with Ruth Clemens on the neo-fascist online imaginary included in Deleuze & Fascism, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn, from Edinburgh University Press. He currently teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where he is the mentor of the graduation year in the Fine Arts Department.

Becket exhibits his work under the name Becket MWN, and his recent projects have focused on the relation between language and the production of the self; the circulation of affect and popular culture; and media and current forms of subjectivity. His work often takes the form of text-based audio, and comments on and is structured by its architectural context. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include The Tail (Brussels, BE), Kevin Space (Vienna, AT), Kunstverein Graz (Graz, AT). Recent group exhibitions include Kunsthalle Fribourg (Fribourg, CH), Bel Ami (Los Angeles, US), Motto Books (Berlin, DE), SculptureCenter (New York, US), TG Gallery (Nottingham, UK), and Vleeshal (Middelburg, NL).