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Oh, the spectacular stupidity of it all

Xanthe Dobbie

Side Gallery
31 May 2013–22 Jun 2013
Opening 12.00am 1 Jan 1970

This tapestry of sourced cyber phenomena, which takes the form of audio-visual installation, toys with ideas of contemporary “representation” or as Baudrillard would have it, “simulation”. We, the citizens of contemporary society, live in a culture where the Internet is God. Omnipotent, it lives in our pockets and gently nurses us to sleep in a Wi-Fi field at night. Genderless and occasionally wrathful, its knowledgeable tendrils extend themselves infinitely.We find ourselves, therefore, with one foot in reality and the other securely planted in cyber-space. We work ourselves into a tizzy attempting to keep up with it all. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Oh, The Spectacular Stupidity of it All is not a premonition of impending technological take-over or the collapse of human society as we know it, but rather, an insight into the bizarre hyper-reality in which we live.

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