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Xanthe Dobbie: Desktop Holiday - Digital Exhibition

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The artwork is designed to play all 3 videos @ the same time
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Xanthe Dobbie is an Australian new media artist who holds a BA (Honours) in Fine Art from RMIT and exhibits her work locally and internationally in festivals, prizes and galleries and has delivered numerous presentations at major institutions including ACMI and MCA. Her current exhibition, Desktop Holiday is presented by the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and is a FREE online exhibition for your viewing pleasure HERE. The exhibition runs through until 21 June 2020.

The artwork is designed to autoplay all 3 videos simultaneously, however, if your browser blocks this function, you need to press PLAY on ALL 3 videos QUICKLY. This exhibition explores the concept of fractured identity in an age where you can access everything at the end of your fingertips. It plays on the plugged-in society that we are, incapable of switching off. The audio-visuals are carefully curated in an unsettling mix of holiday snapshots, emoji's, relaxation tracks and constant message alerts we're all familiar with when you're constantly plugged in.

Dobbie explains our lives as dual citizens of an online and offline reality and we can all identify with that duality where our lived experiences are filtered through our technologies. Each loop in this exhibition is made up of sourced digital content and recorded footage from Malta shot by Dobbie in 2016 on an iPhone5 then superimposed onto paradise themed stock backgrounds.

Dobbie admits it's deliberately trashy and campy and a collision course of high and low brow culture with stock animated backgrounds ripped from YouTube. It makes a comment on the democratisation of information in an internet age of no quality control, no absolute truth; but an ongoing and ever-expanding digital detritus. It's an extraordinary and unique vision of Dobbie so take a look and be challenged. MPRG run many other events like online workshops for kids, teens and adults and more, and are due to reopen on Wed 1 July 2020.

NWOP Submissions

If you're an artist in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture and would like to enter the MPRG's National Works on Paper event, CLICK HERE for details and for the LINK to submit your entry at the bottom of the page. Entries close 11.49pm Sunday 19 July 2020. For queries email

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Why? Xanthe Dobbie: Desktop Holiday - a digital art exhibition
When: Now till 21 June 2020
Where: Online
Cost: FREE
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