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.
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T-163 Nanomorph Prototype, 2016
4 mins (loop) sound by David Haberfeld
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A single channel video work

T-163 Nanomorph Prototype is a crude home made version of the T-1000 from The Terminator: Judgement Day (1991) The aesthetic of perfection of the mercury man (which at the time functioned as a promise to the wonder and possibilities of CGI) is conjoined with its opposite: material of the body, which is messy, uncontrolled and most of all visceral.

The work is really about the fusion of two aesthetics, which often remain separate: The sophisticated, the rational and shiny hyper surfaces of technology and mercury man with the inverse: the bodily and irrational and the breakdown of human flesh.

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