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Learning Resources - Energies: Haines and Hinterding

Overview

On this page you will find tools and strategies to help you engage with the work of Australian artists Joyce Hinterding and David Haines. Through their collaborative practice, the artists investigate the unseen energies that surround us and seek to reveal them to audiences.

Many of the activities on this page combine scientific or mathematical concepts and processes with art; this cross over between art and science is an important aspect of Joyce Hinterding and David Haines’ work.

It is highly recommended that teachers and students also watch the interview with Joyce Hinterding and David Haines below. A range of content and support material for the exhibiton can be found on the Discovery page here.

These resources can be viewed online or downloaded and include activities, an Encounter slideshow and links to primary sources for use in the classroom or for self-guided learning. These activities can be done on their own or in combination and in any order. However, you can also choose to follow one of our class plans at the bottom of the page.


For more information about MCA digital learning resources check our how-to page.

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Image of Electrostatic Wavefront 1 & 2 artworks

David Haines, Electrostatic Wavefront 1 & 2 2012, loose pigment, polycarbonate, timber, image courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney © the artist, photograph: Jamie North

Are we an arm of science? No... they see us as artists. Are scientists artists? No they're not, but there is this conversation, there is this dimension that sort of somehow runs between those two places.

David Haines, MCA Interview 2015

ENCOUNTER

Presentation file with images and class discussion ideas. Available directly in your browser or as a downloadable PowerPoint or PDF file.

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Electro Sculpture

Create a moving sculpture that works due to the invisible force of electromagnetism.

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Listening to Outer Space

Discover and respond to transmissions from other stars and galaxies.

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Science Fact or Fiction

Game exploring the lines between fact and fiction.

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Imagining Magnetism

Experiment with magnetic fields and visualising invisible energy patterns.

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Invisible Energies

All around us, objects use and transmit energies that we can’t see. What would it look like if we could?

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Other Worlds

How do technologies shape the way we understand, perceive, and feel about the environment?

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Create a Game

Design your own game based artwork.

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Class Plans

Some suggestions on how these activities could be combined into longer classes.

Seen & Unseen (Stages 2 – 4)

Inspired by Haines & Hinterding’s fascination with energetic forces, investigate a range of seen and unseen energies and use them as a stimulus for artmaking.

  • Go through the Classroom Presentation as a class and investigate some of Haines & Hinterding’s key works and ideas.
  • Experiment with magnetic forces and use them to create abstract artworks in the Imagining Magnetism activity.
  • Use drawing to visualise the power that exists around everyday objects in the Invisible Energies activity.
  • Tune in to other worlds in the Listening to Outer Space activity and create an artwork inspired by what is heard.

Into the Universe (Stages 4 – 6)

Explore different realms, alter existing landscapes and create your own worlds, inspired by Haines & Hinterding’s investigation of the environment.

  • Go through the Presentation as a class and investigate some of Haines & Hinterding’s key works and ideas.
  • Tune in to other worlds in the Listening to Outer Space activity and create an artwork inspired by what is heard.
  • Digitally manipulate landscapes in the Other Worlds activity to consider how technology affects our perception of nature.
  • Design a virtual world in the Create a Game activity and discover the use of gaming in art.

Lens of Technology (Stages 4 – 5)

Create kinetic and digital artworks to discover the relationship between science and art and technology.

  • Go through the Presentation as a class and investigate some of Haines & Hinterding’s key works and ideas.
  • Push the boundaries of information in the Science Fact or Fiction activity and discover more about scientific concepts.
  • Use electromagnetic forces to create kinetic artworks in the Electro Sculpture activity.
  • Digitally manipulate landscapes in the Other Worlds activity to consider how technology affects our perception of nature.
Image of Purple Rain artwork

David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Purple Rain, 2004, installation view, (in)visible sounds, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, 2007, television antennas and receivers, computer, custom electronics, single-channel video projection, audio gate, mixing desk, 4 x television monitors, colour, image courtesy the artists and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney © the artists, photograph: David Haines