A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Simultaneous video loops create a screen based holiday
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is currently presenting new digital exhibition Desktop Holiday by Xanthe Dobbie in partnership with NETS Victoria. Dobbie explores notions of fractured identity in the age of globalisation and instant digital travel, where information is immediately and comprehensively available. This timely exhibition highlights themes that have become frighteningly and unexpectedly relevant in this time of COVID-19.
The work is a triptych of digital collage loops, juxtaposing queer internet aesthetics with religious iconography and historical imagery. Desktop Holiday plays on ideas of a plugged-in society that is incapable of switching off. Audio-visual fragments have been carefully curated to create an unsettling mix of holiday snapshots, emojis, relaxation tracks, and message alerts.