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.
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
Presentation file with images and class discussion ideas. Available directly in your browser or as a downloadable PowerPoint or PDF file.View More
Create a moving sculpture that works due to the invisible force of electromagnetism.View More
Discover and respond to transmissions from other stars and galaxies.View More
Experiment with magnetic fields and visualising invisible energy patterns.View More
All around us, objects use and transmit energies that we can’t see. What would it look like if we could?View More
How do technologies shape the way we understand, perceive, and feel about the environment?View More
Some suggestions on how these activities could be combined into longer classes.
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.
Explore different realms, alter existing landscapes and create your own worlds, inspired by Haines & Hinterding’s investigation of the environment.
Create kinetic and digital artworks to discover the relationship between science and art and technology.