One characteristic of the art institution in Adelaide is the deficiency or the lack of an artistic apparatus. There is a marked paucity of spaces to discuss, study, produce, display, and commercialise art in areas far away from consolidated art centres. It has meant that artists photographers and art professionals who decide to stay in their local area need to find creative solutions to overcome the precariousness of their institutional field—by organising artist-run spaces, exhibitions, magazines, and communities.
The turn to the internet (social media and the blogosphere) meant departing from the art institution's established art centres and its canonical rules, especially since these marginal spaces sometimes do not conform to (or are not interested in) the rules and narratives instituted by canonical art history. However, many fragmentary online spaces have a short-lived existence, and the instability of these art practices reflects the conditions of “liquid modernity”.