Overview, Images
Amalia Lindo, The Cloud is of the Earth, 2021, single-channel video installation, audio, 17”, liquid-crystal display panel, LCD controller board, mild steel, 140 x 160 cm, 8 mins 29 secs. Photo: Christo Crocker.

This Might Just Pass The Time

Aaron Christopher Rees, Amalia Lindo, Christina May Carey, Marcus Ian Mckenzie

8 Nov–2 Dec 2023

This project takes the film theorist’s Leo Charney’s notion of the ‘drift’ as a point of departure to build upon this notion and to work around this central question: how does the drift materialise in today’s technological disposition? Charney envisions the drift as an “ungovernable, mercurial activity,” teeming with possibilities and heterogenous in tone, drift enables one to sense the vertigo-laden uncertainty of the present. Following this philosophical mediation, drift splits along two tracks as both an ontology and an epistemology. In its ontological becoming, drift traces the relative emptiness of the everyday as "presence irrevocably becomes absence."

Drift as epistemology attempts to capture the mere feeling of time - the perception of time's flight and fragmentation - giving shape to what is essentially formless. In mutual reverberation, this project explores the drift as a pervasive atmosphere of information and our ability to process this with our own internal rhythm of interpretation. This exhibition attempts to specify this drift with greater accuracy, to give a sense of this drift happening as something tactile, as a condition, pacing, as something enfolding in everything else. In our technological disposition, this drift feels like the simultaneous dissolution of presence in wake of the overwhelming presence of everything.

Curator Annabel Brown

READ This might just pass the time. Text by Annabel Brown.

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Marcus Ian Mckenzie

Opening Performance Thursday 9 Nov 6pm

Notes On The Perforganism

In which McKenzie continues his investigation into the elusive “perfoganism”: a slippery mode of performance that
may pass through a given moment as a cloud, a memory, a spillage, or stifled cough.
The perforganism reconsiders a performance event as a living organism in a process of becoming, rather than an
action taken by an individual or group.

A perforganism is a temporary umwelt: an assemblage of human and nonhuman components, material and
immaterial. Textual and textural. It may consist of vibrations, sensations, energies, ideas, durations, rumours, flows,
exotexts, phantom dramaturgies, the mind and its extensions, a misremembered voice memo.
Lodged in the swamp between performance’s supposed ephemerality and it’s sticky adherence to reproduction
through everyday physical media in the online milieu, the perforganism can perhaps be thought about in relation to
Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the “inframince”: a thinner-than-thin liminal plane between life and art capable of
producing transformation.

A perforganism’s parts do not preexist the perforganism, although they may linger beyond it as echoes, stains, faint
markings. Thus, there is no “performer” beyond the perforganism itself and its implicated constituents. The
perforganism performs as much as it is perforganised by its components, and can only be produced through
relationality. This might be a relationship between a person, an artist, a site, a sound, or another perforganism
entirely - each of which in emerge only through a type of entanglement that we might call “perforganisation”.

As such, the perforganism is maybe best understood in more magical terms: as a kind of conjuring. What esotericists
or occultists might call an “egregore”: an entity that is brought into being for a period of time via some kind of
collective unconsciousness. That which is born and dies and is reborn in an ongoing metempsychosis. A spell, a
golem, a spectre, a desire without object or origin.

Onsite, Exhibition
Overview

This Might Just Pass The Time is an exhibition that reflects on the experience of being unable to locate a stable sense of the present moment.

Opening Event: 9 Nov 2023, 7am–9am
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