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.
Trick or treat, 1998
1.40 mins, sound: Philip Samartzis
The inanimate are re-animated and brought to life, a communication with the spirit world revealing the spectral, ghostly and other worldly forms that occupy the ether. Trick or Treat also references amusement rides and the carnival and their cultural role in producing depictions of the body transformed and distorted, the body not as a solid skeletal form but merely ectoplasmic goop.