Kelly Pendergrast

Born and raised in the windy isles of New Zealand, I arrived in San Diego in 2005 to pursue an MFA and make films. I was quickly sidetracked by the California sun and forays into installation, handcraft, and a short-lived stint as a columnist for a disappointingly heteronormative porn-for-girls website, but now I'm back on the (filmmaking) wagon.

My San Diego sculpture/installation/craft work has been about interactivity, hot glue, the colour red, and an implied critique of the digital realm as a space for activism and sociability. Eg: what would the internet would be like if it was shoddily constructed of trash and string? How would a rhizome function if it were made out of real people? Am I an anti-technology philistine? Maybe.

Currently, I'm working on a fictive documentary loosely based on the story of a political movement in New Zealand in the early '80s. This film combines stop-motion animation and live action, and has morphed into a meditation on crowd politics, bodily propinquity, and the hysterical group.

Other influences: Temp jobs, Moby Dick, limited funds, Laurie Anderson.


Shane Anderson
Seth Augustine
Robert Becraft
Susy Bielak
Rich Bott
Crystal Z Campbell
Ted Chung
Leigh Cole
Matthew Coors
Cathy de la Cruz
Monica Duncan
James Enos
Deanna Erdmann
Kael Greco
Chris Head
Nico Herbst
Kate Hoffman
Scott Horsley
Sara Hunsucker
Glenna Jennings
Merve Kayan
Lasse Lorentzen
Vince Manganello
Esteban Martinez

Dolissa Medina
Gretchen Mercedes
Charles G Miller
Jesse Mockrin
Zac Monday
Elyse T Montague
Adam Moyer
Owen Mundy
Boredom Patrol
Clare Parry
Kelly Pendergrast
Omar Pimienta
Iana Quesnell
Louis Schmidt
Tim Schwartz
Sharing is Sexy
Katherine Sweetman
Rachel Thompson
Nina Waisman
Kate Wall
Julia Westerbeke
Yvonne Venegas
Claire Zitzow
Felipe Zuniga