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
Workshop of filthy creation, 2013
kinetic sculpture
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'Workshop of filthy creation' examines the possibilities of living human organs without the need of a body

Nothing truly stays dead anymore, everything is reanimated and brought back from the grave, including the human body; here life is hacked together in the garage from an assortment of human organs, gaffer tape, grinding motors and electricity. These newly reanimated, mutant organs have no purpose and function; it is mutation for its own sake, the birth of a new hybrid species, part human, and in some cases part monkey.

Mary Shelley meets zombie apocalypse or perhaps the pathology of a serial killer. Workshop of filthy creation is also about the reactivation of a new kind of body, and the new disturbing possibilities of what the human body could be. So amongst the viscera and gore, there is a weird sense of twisted and ugly potential here, of new possibilities of the future human body.

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