Leanne Stevenson

Birds exhibition: The Vir(tu)al Birds  
Of New Zealand Maori (Te Ati Awa tribe) and English descent, Stevenson preceded her study of Performance Design with awards in Fashion Design and Graphics, and a Diploma in Computer Graphic Design at the National College of Design and Technology (Wellington). Since moving into performance, her design skills have contributed to productions of Samuel Beckett’s ‘End Game’, and a devised collaboration called ‘Light Splashes’. The latter is currently used as a tool in the New Zealand NCEA drama exam for secondary education.
For ‘The Vir(tu)al Birds’ Stevenson has explored the domestic enclosure of the lounge as a space where televised broadcast imprints upon a private environment; where the individual receives social programming and political impressions. Projection back onto the didactic surface of the television screen attempts to subvert this power and authority of the TV, to create a space of interactivity, play, and creative inquiry.






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