Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus [infected]16th July 2015     By: Panasonic Media

Panasonic New Zealand is proud to support Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with a new partnership. Panasonic projectors are being used in Pursuit of Venus [infected], artist Lisa Reihana's new multi-screen panoramic video and sound work.

in Pursuit of Venus [infected]  by celebrated New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana is one of the country's most ambitious screen-based art projects, immersing visitors in the sights and sounds of the Pacific.

Vast in its complexity and scale, Lisa Reihana's multi-screen panoramic video and sound work, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], uses the latest in film and editing technology to offer viewers a full-sensory experience.

in Pursuit of Venus [infected] reanimates a 19th-century scenic wallpaper, Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, by Joseph Dufour, 1804-5, which illustrates an idealised European view of the South Pacific and its people, as well as the death of Captain Cook.

While Dufour's work models Enlightenment beliefs of harmony amidst mankind, Reihana's version includes encounters between Polynesians and Europeans which acknowledge the nuances and complexities of cultural identities and colonisation. Stereotypes about other cultures and representation that developed during those times and since are challenged, and the gaze of imperialism is returned with a speculative twist that disrupts notions of beauty, authenticity, history and myth.

The film is filled with dance, music and cultural ceremonies populated by people drawn from across the Pacific. Individuals are brought alive with remarkable precision through a series of scenes informed by Maori and Pacific practices and European histories.

Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says in Pursuit of Venus [infected] will be a memorable experience for visitors.

'The technical sophistication of the film, the scale and clarity of the moving image, and the captivating nature of its multiple narratives means visitors will be entranced.' Devenport says.

Artist Lisa Reihana says the project demanded the highest possible production values.

'I've put a lot of attention into its seamless delivery, so viewers can let the stories wash over them without being distracted by the technology. The digital wrangling required has been huge,' Reihana says.

Lisa Reihana brings alive the characters and scenery of the wallpaper using green-screen techniques and multiple video channels.

The 25-metre long by four-metre high installation is the largest video work the Auckland Art Gallery has ever exhibited. Each frame of the 32-minute film contains more than eight million pixels.

Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is on at Auckland Art Gallery until 30 August 2015 and entry is FREE. CLICK HERE to discover more.

Image credit: Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (installation detail), 2015

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