Stella Brennan

Tomorrow Never Knows

07 May — 29 May 2004

Named after the Beatles' finest piece of pop psychedelia, Stella Brennan's installation, Tomorrow Never Knows, draws together geodesic domes, seventies living rooms and science fiction.

Brennan is an established artist, as well as a curator and writer. Last year she was the inaugural Digital Artist in Residence at the Department of Screen and Media Studies at Waikato University and in 2001 she spent 3 months as the artist in Residence at Artspace in Sydney.

Brennan's new installation work Tommorrow Never Knows incorporates multiple projections, audio, text scratched into blackened windows, and a potted history of the geodesic dome. The constructed projection space is built from polystyrene slabs which divide the gallery. The projected images are generated by the visualisation feature of an MP3 player, creating a room of swirling psychedelic colour from the waveform of a computerised voice. The reading is of a J.G Ballard story, a science-fiction tale about psychotropic architecture - houses that alter in response to their owners' emotions.

'Sound visualisation is an evolution of the bubbling, glowing lava lamp' says Brennan. She explains the process: 'The software takes the sound wave - in this case, the story-telling voice - and applies real-time transformations, converting sound into a streaming field of stoner imagery. The effect is like moving, morphing, psychedelic wallpaper' .

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Reviews, Essays & Articles
1000 Dreams of Stella Brennan
URBIS, September 2004
Wood, Andrew Paul.

Stella Brennan
Breakfast show, RDU interview, May 5, 2004
Williams, Glen. 

NZArtMonthly Online, May 4, 2004
Parkinson, Jaenine. 

Stella Brennan and Joanna Langford
NZArtMonthly Online, May 20, 2004

Psychedelia Revisited
Arts in Brief, The Star, May 5, 2004

Tomorrow Never Knows
Presto, May 2004
Roland, Zoe. 

Tommorrow Never Knows
The Package, 10th June 2004
The Soda Squirrel.

Tomorrow Never Knows
The Physics Room Annual, 2004
Wood, Andrew Paul.