We intend to discuss our recent collaborative video work Bypass: What is an opera without an audience? that questions social justice norms and attitudes and what constitutes the real in our increasingly mediated world. We find it is critical to locate our lived experiences through local and global contexts afforded by new media and the Internet. Increasingly the intersection of the two is pivotal in how we construct our daily lives. Our presentation for ISEA interrogates the local Australian culture exposing what is often ignored / obscured or intentionally disregarded.