01.11.2017 - 24.11.2017
Drawing from my culturally Hindu upbringing in a globalised world, the projects in Heavy Time/s conflate ancient iconographies and ideologies with emerging social theories and technologies. Heavy Time/s is a working model of cyclical time from an eschatological perspective in which apocalypse is not a finale to the world and our bodies as we recognise – but a promised spatiotemporal event on an anthropocentric timeline.
In the centre a boulder runs on a treadmill for as long as coal-fire powers the gallery. A Sisyphean task demoted (or promoted) to entertainment. The rock rolls for as long as it is observed and in turn becoming a faulty timepiece, like sand through the hour glass.*
The rest of the show departs from continental thought and compares the aesthetics of social technology with the ergonomics of ritual practice. The click in my thumb from scrolling through Twitter still fits the manual cycle of prayer beads (japa mala). And as I grow up and practice both as an artist and Hindu, I realise the harmony in conflict between anxiety and acceptance in the face of collective death.
The works in the show make up a broader anti-colonial research project that attempts to forecast the sociopolitical implications of the impending Singularity.
* So are the days of our lives.
Kalanjay Dhir is a mutimedia artist and failed viral content creator. Born and based in Western Sydney to an interracial migrant couple (non-white), he has only known an environment in accelerated construction. He is very worried about our future and his practice attempts to address the glocal anxiety that has made way into his gut. This year Kal has been researching ways to combat the alt-right’s decentralised meme-based victories. Until he finds something he likes to eat greens and watch soaps with his mum.
Kal is currently in residence at Parramatta Artists’ Studios. In 2016 he received First Class Honours in Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (RIP). Since then he has exhibited locally and interstate in various group shows at ARI level in Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra.