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.
Another Brutally Satisfying Video, 2014
2 mins (loop)
A single channel video work
Visceral death scenes and fatalities from 'Mortal Kombat' are overlayed with one another.
'Another Brutally Satisfying Video' renders the human body as a mass of flesh, bone, gristle, muscle and blood; it is the human body in an un-recognizable, hyper accelerated state. Over pumped, over saturated and over blown - the body taken to its extreme, multiplied and extended. The advances in computer game technologies coincides here with an ever increasingly appetite for the rendering of visceral death scenes and the destruction and breakdown of the human body.