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
Skin Freak, 2012
1 min
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A single channel video based on the work 'Some Thing'

The video screen as a portal to visceral bodily material and matter is played out in Skin Freak.

The screen as an extension of our own viscera, a new biological/technological outgrowth of our corporeal bodies.

Skin Freak offers a textural exploration of the surface and skin of some kind of creature. Slowly breathing, the skin appears closer to raw exposed meat, opposed to the smooth perfection of the idealized texture of the flesh. In Darwinian terms we are just chunks of meat and we don’t look like evolving anytime soon.

A short video excursion into the abject bodily surface of flesh, meat and screen.

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