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Exhibition runs from 6pm, 20 March - 3pm, 2 April 2015
The internet creates an unparalleled encompassing experience. A mirage of democratic instant access to information. We crave this instant gratification: a like, a comment, a post - proving to ourselves that what we create is validification.

The Internet is a Cultural Object.

If our entire population suddenly ceased to exist in some major apocalyptic manner, and the only remnant to remain was a device containing the internet, what would the people of the future think of us, as they attempted to discover who and what we all were, all by looking through the internet exactly as it is today (thought provoking from Kate Geck).

The internet has become an expectation and a necessity. We cannot seem to tolerate lengthy periods of time without the immediacy of information - it has become second nature. Virtual object, capital, and existence has dissolved from artificial into real, and tangible.

In this exhibition, we seek to investigate conceptions of art practice, formalised aesthetics, and identity relationships with(in) technology. We additionally hope to question the role of autonomy, ubiquity, and how to engage critique within this ostensible collective that is the internet. How does our internet life alter social relations and raise questions about identity, privacy, and desire? What are our (false) expectations and assumptions in regards to transparency, digital capital, accessibility, and the ownership of information.

We are constantly being during the internet, not before, after or without.

The Internet is a Cultural Object investigates aesthetic formalisms, and socialised action, while considering contemporary arts practice as framed within internet as zeitgeist.

curated by Miriam Arbus
Claire Virgona, Sarah Rhiannon, Tansy Jana McNally, Tessy King and Niamh Minogue, Jen Fullerton, Wyatt Knowles, Heidi Stevens, Courtney Blackney, Alun Rhys Jones, Nigel Tan, Simon Currie, Mark Payne, Damien Orriss, Siobhan Dodds, Melissa Martin, Maddy Anderson, Ree Hegh, Pierre Proske, Maeve Holmes, Kate Geck, Cate Gowers, Emily Vuong, Scott Anderson, Eugene Mott, Caroline Gasteen, Tunni Kraus with Ronch Willner and Brendan Bensky, and BK