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Cloud Copy


360 VR Installation, 4m,50s, Digitally Printed Wallpaper, Replica Eero Aarnio Hanging Bubble Chairs

You’re part of something greater now

Pulsing in the algorithm

Let your thoughts fragment into a galaxy

Of subreddits and subtweets and subcultures

Welcome to sub-cultism

Pick a faction

Don’t worry you can change stream at any time

Simply navigate to a new tab

Go deep


This void is cavernous, begging to be filled


Just there

You’re perfect

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This work was originally developed for Conflict in My Outlook: Don’t Be Evil at UQ Art Museum, curated by Anna Briers.


“Visitors first experienced Cloud Copy by Xanthe Dobbie, an artist known for intricate digital collages, on an Oculus VR headset. The work stitches together fragments of internet content, engulfing the viewer in a claustrophobic world of corporate logos and pornography before ending with an explosion and the words “GAME OVER.” In employing purposefully banal aesthetics that mimic everyday software, Dobbie portrays the internet and its cloud of data as an all-encompassing quotidian dystopia, where “we are free to be our worst selves,” and set the tone for the rest of the show.” - The Dystopia of Digital Banality in “Don’t Be Evil” BY KYLE WEISE

 “In the VR experience of Xanthe Dobbie's Cloud Copy, where corporate logos representative of 'Big Tech' disruptors, such as Facebook and Google, float in the cosmos - as ubiquitous and all-knowing as God, answerable only to their own laws and gravitational will.” - DR JOSEPH BRENNAN

“UQ Art Museum's latest free exhibition ponders the labour, data, infrastructure and all-round pervasiveness of our always-online world” - CONCRETE PLAYGROUND

   Xanthe acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which their work is made, the Widjabul/Wyabul people of the Bundjalung Nation, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. They pay their respects to elders, past, present, and emerging.  Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.