Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
26 June 2015 to 6 September 2015
David Haines and Joyce Hinterding
Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding live and work in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Their collaborative practice incorporates experimental and traditional media to investigate Hinterding’s fascination with energetic forces and Haines’ attraction to the intersection of hallucination and the environment. Both artists are captivated by the unseen energies that surround us and seek to reveal them to audiences through their work. Science, the occult and philosophy are important elements of their research-based practice.
Haines and Hinterding’s art traverses many different areas and incorporates sound, installation, video, performance, sculpture, photography and drawing. This exhibition was the first comprehensive survey of their work and included a number of key collaborative projects, solo works by both artists, and a newly commissioned work.
A number of Haines and Hinterding’s recent works utilise computer game technologies. In these works they create immersive 3D environments for visitors to explore using simple bodily gestures as navigation. Geology (2015) commissioned by the MCA especially for this exhibition, expanded on these earlier works to create what the artists describe as ‘a virtual world that examines how culture interacts with chaotic forces’. Inspired by a research trip to the badly-damaged Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu in New Zealand after the devastating earthquake of February 2011, Geology had three distinct levels for visitors to discover. Haines & Hinterding describe Geology as a ‘speculative geography’ where ‘the imaginary is placed on the same footing with information from day to day reality’.
Other major works in the exhibition included the bright yellow, triangular sculpture Telepathy (2008), an ‘anechoic’ chamber that allows entering visitors to experience a space where sound is dampened using a material that inhibits audio reverberations; the installation EarthStar (2009) which investigates ‘the sun’s elemental and mythic qualities’ and includes an HD video projection of the sun and two Ozone fragrances; and Purple Rain (2004), a video projection that responds to electromagnetic energy from digital television signals in the atmosphere.
The exhibition also featured Hinterding’s early influential work Aeriology (1995), a very large antenna made of copper wire that resonates to radio frequencies related to its length and dimensions as well as the physical qualities of the space in which it is installed, as well as a number of Hinterding’s graphite drawings that resonate sympathetically to electromagnetic fields within the gallery and examples of Haines’ photography and aroma sculptures.