The three muses: Aoide, Mneme, and Meletē were the personification of Voice and Song, Memory, and Meditation and Thought, forming the complete picture of the preconditions of poetic art in cult practice. This show, Meletē, (which google translates literally to Study) will examine labor through the lens of the post internet context, making use of the lessons and tools given to us by history, and more importantly, the internet.
The screen has become a place of open contemplation, and whether its a google search or twitter post, we often rely on the internet as a prosthesis of thought and contemplation. Taking components of film and utilitarian construction, the show presents ideas of productive labour, shrouded from the viewer and softened, examining the emotional toll of interpersonal interaction. Through the incorporation of the formal elements of the screen into work and curatorial practice, we can acknowledge the hierarchies and systems by which the internet excludes groups through language barriers, geography and education.
The show addresses the inherent drive for productive labour on the internet, taking steps away from the multitasking/multi-tab screen into more contemplative and focused actions. This isn’t to deny the influence or importance of the internet as a tool for learning and communication, but to question the ways in which we rely on the saturation and ubiquity of screens in both labour and intimacy.
In response to Gene McHughs question “Does one use the internet with intention?”, i propose that instead we ask “How does one use the internet with intention?”
Dylan Batty is an artist, installer, aquarian, and racing car designer living and working in Sydney. Their practice is based heavily within post internet conceptualism, examining intimacy in the context of the internet and remediation, while also investigating the logistics and manual labour of art production.
Having worked in several Sydney based galleries and institutions in varying roles, they create work that is a combination of traditional craftsmanship and image mediation, often working between the two styles in hopes of finding a way to live within technology, without accepting the conditions it prescribes.
Dylan is currently completing their masters of fine arts degree at UNSWAD and is gallery manager at Knulp.