69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Open 12pm-5pm, Thursday - Sunday

Disability Access: KINGS Artist-Run is a wheelchair accessible venue. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. Please contact the gallery with any access requirements and we will endeavour to support your visit.

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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Oh, the spectacular stupidity of it all

Xanthe Dobbie

31 May 2013–22 June 2013

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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