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
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
'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,'
Lisa Reihana brings alive the characters and scenery of the
wallpaper using green-screen techniques and multiple video
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
Image credit: Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus
[infected] (installation detail), 2015