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South Pacific (2007)

Stella Brenna

single channel video + sound 10 min

Stella Brennan’s video work South Pacific (2007) examines the links between sonar, radar and ultrasound; technologies for making images from non-visual sources.  Playing with relations between the visual, aural and textual, the work explores how the Second World War changed the perception of oceanic space and the conflict’s legacy in the region.  South Pacific recalls stories of tropical lagoons littered with rusting ordnance and coral islands flattened for runways.


Stella Brennan, co-founded the Aotearoa Digital Arts discussion list and is a trustee of ADA. Stella is a writer, artist, curator and educator.

Stella has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Auckland University. She has written catalogue essays for artists including Ann Veronica Janssens and Patricia Piccinini, as well as art criticism for magazines including Art Asia Pacific, the Listener and Art New Zealand.  She is an advisory editor for Eyeline Magazine, Australia. Her video work about the Erebus disaster, White Wall/ Black Hole, was included in the 15th Sydney Biennale (2006), and her installation Wet Social Sculpture was nominated as a finalist in the 2006 Walters Prize. Her work has been shown in Asia, North America and Europe, and is included in this year’s Liverpool Biennale.

Stella curated the exhibitions Nostalgia for the Future (Artspace 1999) and Dirty Pixels (Artspace, the Adam Art Gallery, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Waikato Museum of Art and History, 2002-3).  She has atended artist residencies in New York, Sydney, Hamilton and New Plymouth.  She lectures in Visual Art at AUT University.
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