︎︎︎ Ink, Acrylic paint, pen, on Pink Gridded Paper
Différance is an exercise in repetition, where grid becomes a ground to receive and stack various sorts of marks, that are a result of the many acts of Drawing. Shapes and Forms which are similar but not the same emerge, when drawing happens by the means of writing, poking, stamping, scribbling, stippling, striking, etc. The project derives references from Derrida and Deleuze’s contemplations on the idea of Difference, and in retrospection takes a closer look at the identities (forms) that emerge through this exercise.
Derrida coined the term différance (a deliberate misspelling of différence) in order to provide a conceptual hook for his thinking on the meaning processes at work within writing/language. This neologism is a play on the two meanings of the French word différer: to differ and to defer. Derrida thereby argues that meaning does not arise out of fixed differences between static elements in a structure, but that the meanings produced in language and other signifying systems are always partial, provisional and infinitely deferred along a chain of differing/deferring signifiers. At the same time, the word différance itself performs this entanglement and confusion of differential meanings, for it depends on a minimal difference (the substitution of the letter "a" for the letter "e") which cannot be apprehended in oral speech, since the suffixes "-ance" and "-ence" have the same pronunciation in French. The "phonemic" (non-)difference between différence and différance can only be observed in writing, hence producing differential meaning only in a partial, deferred and entangled manner.
Différance has been defined as "the non-originary, constituting-disruption of presence": spatially, it differs, creating spaces, ruptures, and differences and temporally, it defers, delaying presence from ever being fully attained.
Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition (1968) was an attempt to think difference as having an ontological privilege over identity, inverting the traditional relationship between those two concepts and implying that identities are only produced through processes of differentiation.
The grid allows set and the sequence and the array