Tom Borgas, No Cloud (Dawn), 2019. Aluminium fixings, inkjet printed polypropylene, 109 x 108 x 9cm. Courtesy: the artist and Mars Gallery, Melbourne.
Tom Borgas is an emerging artist working from a sculptural foundation across multiple platforms including gallery and project work, public sculpture, festival interventions and performance. This suite of sculptures exists as a speculative exploration of The Cloud as Hyperobject.
The term “hyperobject” was first coined in 2008 by speculative philosopher Timothy Morton, defined as ecological objects with spatial and temporal dimensions extending beyond the limits of human perception. The artist draws on cloud computing as a prime exemplar of the hyperobject.
By posting photos on Facebook or streaming music through Spotify, Borgas explores how user engagement extends beyond the local experience. This experience feels convenient and immaterial, yet its existence is contingent on a vast network of hardware, components and connections that bore through geography, politics, time and space.
Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Friday 24 May 2019