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.