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Stella Brennan: Archaeologist of Suburbia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Stella Brennan’s early works began from the birth pangs of the Internet age and the

    messianic phase of neo-liberalism. They mark the decade when the world changed.

    By 1990 New Zealand, Japan and Australia had joined the magical mystical tour

    named the Internet, and packets of data were flying through deep underground

    cables and across starlit southern skies. A Labour government was well along the path

    of a neoliberal reformation of the country’s economic and social policies. The market

    had won out over equality and solidarity, and we were immersed in a new language

    of “return on investment,” “choice,” and “deregulation.” The global concentration

    of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere reached 350 parts per million by

    volume. Walls and stocks had fallen, the Exxon Valdez ran aground, and the earth

    became a little warmer.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Stella Brennan: Archaeologist of Suburbia." Eyeline 86 (2017): 20-23.

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 20

End Page


  • 23

Volume


  • 86

Abstract


  • Stella Brennan’s early works began from the birth pangs of the Internet age and the

    messianic phase of neo-liberalism. They mark the decade when the world changed.

    By 1990 New Zealand, Japan and Australia had joined the magical mystical tour

    named the Internet, and packets of data were flying through deep underground

    cables and across starlit southern skies. A Labour government was well along the path

    of a neoliberal reformation of the country’s economic and social policies. The market

    had won out over equality and solidarity, and we were immersed in a new language

    of “return on investment,” “choice,” and “deregulation.” The global concentration

    of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere reached 350 parts per million by

    volume. Walls and stocks had fallen, the Exxon Valdez ran aground, and the earth

    became a little warmer.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Stella Brennan: Archaeologist of Suburbia." Eyeline 86 (2017): 20-23.

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 20

End Page


  • 23

Volume


  • 86