8 May 2015–30 May 2015
Opening 12.00am 1 Jan 1970
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 lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Atchison recently exhibited in Loose Ends Upstairs at the Alderman and contribute to Australian Studies a publication on Juan Davila organised by Fiona Macdonald and Spiros Panigirakis. Atchison is currently a Master of Fine Art candidate at Monash University.
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.