The present has been described by cultural theorist Boris Groys as a time of infinite delay; a performative, in-between space of repetitive actions that appear to lead no-where in particular. Time in the present therefore becomes lost-time, time spent enacting rituals of daily life that perpetuate our contemporary inability to commit to the longer-term. For Groys this notion of the present can be metaphorically situated in the contemporary video-loop, a device that allows us to enter and depart the narrative randomly at any point, checking in and out, as it were, without any sense of incongruity.
Using the idea of a looped encounter with time and epoch, this exhibition questions the possibility that today the present exists for us as a series of overlapping, individualised temporalities, marked by nothing so much as it’s own reflexivity. Each of the artists in Infinite delay (or spending time in the present) present works in which we encounter time, place and self as both an immediacy and a reverberation.
Andrew Atchison is an artist, writer and educator currently based in Melbourne. He completed a Master of Fine Arts (research) at MADA, Monash University in 2018. He has exhibited extensively including at Testing Grounds, Greenwood Street Projects, Light Projects, West Space, Kings ARI, Seventh, First Site Gallery, and Next Wave and Midsumma Festivals. In addition, he has completed several artworks for public space, including a public art commission for The City of Melbourne. He currently holds the position of Artist Educator at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Josephine Mead is a visual artist and writer. She has exhibited at Bus Projects, Blindside, Kings Artist-Run, Seventh, Craft and Blue Oyster Space. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the John Fries Award; was published by Art+Australia and un; undertook the Arquetopia Residency (Mexico) and participated in the Kings Emerging Writer’s Program. She is currently undertaking the MacFarlane Fund Residency.
Lyndal May Stewart is a Melbourne-based artist and curator. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (2011) from the Victorian College of the Arts and is the Co-Director of DUDSPACE and a committee member of KINGS Artist Run.