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The activism question answered at the Kyabram Town Hall

By John Lewis

A new art show that questions the value of activism in the digital age opens at the Kyabram Town Hall gallery this weekend.

Share if you agree presents new work by members of Goulburn Valley-based Splinter Contemporary Artists together with poems from GV Writers Group members on the theme of armchair activism.

Splinter president Bev Dowd said personal activism had changed from a physical to an online process of clicking likes on Facebook posts.

“Activism once meant leaving your home carrying a placard, chaining yourself to equipment or trees — basically doing something public, visible, active and often borderline if not completely illegal,” Mrs Dowd said.

“Today we have digital activism, which can be incredibly powerful and far-reaching, but it can also be misguided or mindless.”

Elmore-based artist Meg Doller said her piece The bottle is the message comes from a photograph of a bottle found on a beach in Sri Lanka.

“I pondered the once-romantic notion of a message in a bottle and the reality of today's rubbish-strewn beaches around the world,” she said.

“Shortly after taking the photo I heard Sting sing Message in a Bottle on a radio in the supermarket. The message is no longer in the bottle — it is the bottle.”

Share if you agree opens at 2pm on Saturday at the Kyabram Town Hall gallery, 199 Allen St, Kyabram. The exhibition is on until February 1.

Kyabram singer-songwriter Georgia Prince will perform at tomorrow's opening.