Xanthe Dobbie (VIC) & Tiyan Baker (NSW)
Launching themselves into the ultimate battle between IRL and URL, video artists Xanthe Dobbie and Tiyan Baker reach behind Australian webcams to capture six of the nation’s biggest YouTube stars in intimate moving portraits. From the violet-hued world of Melbourne musician Damielou Shavelle to the culinary creations of CakesByChoppA and Shyamali Sinha (Foodie’s Hut), Dobbie and Baker pit their contrasting artistic styles against each other in a series of video portraits, exhibited along an everyday shopping strip.
Channeling the cultural impact and banal spectacle of YouTube, the diptych portraits reflect the binary undercurrent of One Million Views: the duality of on and offline existence in contemporary society. As Baker focuses on the private lives of the YouTubers, creating works that are subtle, human and emotive, Dobbie digitally mashes up each YouTuber’s online persona to create vivid, over-stimulating portraits that appear perpetually stuck in the internet.
One Million Views embeds the artists in the cyber-galaxy that is Australia’s YouTube community, raises a thumb to our obsession with the platform, and offers an intimate perspective into some of the biggest names you’ve never heard of – because to be a star in 2016, all you need is an internet connection.
- •Kenny & the Sunshine Girls – 113 Errol Street
- •Counter – 104 Errol Street
- •Quirk & Co. – 466 Victoria Street
- •Casa Verde Flowers – 40 Errol Street
- •Crumbs Organic Bakehouse – 16 Errol Street
- •North Melbourne Library – 66 Errol Street
- •Joe Taylor – (opening night event, Thu 5 May) 7 Errol Street
YouTubersAndrew Ucles, Angry Aussie, CakesbyChoppa, Foodies Hut, Damielou Shavelle, Lauren Ostrowski Fenton
Project CoordinatorMelissa Edwards
ImageXanthe Dobbie & Tiyan Baker
This project has been supported by City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.