Ian Haig works across media, from video, sculpture, drawing, technology based media and installation. Haig’s practice refuses to accept that the low and the base level are devoid of value and cultural meaning. His body obsessed themes can be seen throughout a large body of work over the last twenty years. Previous works have looked to the contemporary media sphere and its relationship to the visceral body, the degenerative aspects of pervasive new technologies, to cultural forms of fanaticism and cults, to ideas of attraction and repulsion, body horror and the defamiliarisation of the human body.
ian haig
VDR, 2016
Very Disappointing Reality
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Virtual Reality is imbued with a heighted and improved ocular vision, my low fi version of Google’s Cardboard VR is just the opposite: A hopelessly low-fi VR world made of cardboard and packing tape. It’s an incredibly disappointing and pathetic experience and offers a corrective to the shamelessly utopian ideal of real VR.

The idea of Google and cardboard combines the high tech with the low tech; cardboard as a material almost appears at the opposite end of the material hierarchy to technology, VDR extends this low grade material into a failed cardboard VR world.

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