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.
The New Turing Test, 2014
The Turing Test was a test to determine a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior indistinguishable from, that of a human.
The viewer scans a QR code using a QR reader app to determine if the code represents a machine or human. In my test, the outcome is always the same; a link to a still of my video work ‘Meat friends on the internet’. The outcome between human and machine becomes a little fuzzy, as my QR code exhibits properties of human body fluids as it is rendered in what appears to be blood, and once scanned the image it depicts is of a blank profile icon from Facebook rendered in human viscera and meat.
My updated Turing Test explores the idea of the increasingly grey line between human and machines - there distinction no longer as mutually exclusive ones, but entirely integrated.