Ian Haig works at the intersection of visual arts and media arts. His work explores the strangeness of everyday reality and focuses on the themes of the human body, devolution, abjection, transformation and psychopathology, often seen through the lens of low cultural forms. Previous works have explored the toxicity of celebrity culture, the science fiction of sexuality, the degenerative and malign aspects of pervasive new technologies, to cultural forms of fanaticism and cults. Over the years the trajectory of Haig’s iconoclastic vision has encompassed everything from site-specific installation projects, super 8 movies, interactive sculpture, comics, noise music, to animations, videos, drawings, web projects, to large-scale gallery installations.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and video/media festivals around the world. Including exhibitions at: The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Artec Biennale – Nagoya, Japan; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Art Museum of China, Beijing and The Torrance Art Museum,Los Angeles. In addition his animation and video work have screened in over 120 Festivals internationally. In 2003 he received a fellowship from the New Media Arts Board of the Australia Council.
upcoming work and work in progress
Coming up and on now:
- ISEA 2013, Verge Gallery, Sydney, (7th – 16th June)
- The absent abject body in media arts (paper) ISEA, 2013, Sydney, (7th – 16th June)
- The unclassifiable body, (public talk) Morbid Anatomy/Observatory, New York (15th July)
- Some Thing, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne (16th August – 7th September)
- Unco, Torrance art museum, Los Angeles, (August 31 – October 12)
- The screen of flesh (video installation)
- Fleshify the world
- Morphology of future organs (Electronic, kinetic sculpture and video work)
- The foaming node(feature film script)
- Inside out bodies (book project)