David Haines, Joice Hinterding

BLACK CANYON EARTH FIELD

Video projection, antenna (graphite, gold, copper, paper), live and recorded sound, 2008

A video and sculptural installation, which is concerned with energy forces in the world at large, Black Canyon Earth Field presents a vivid cinematic sequence of a failed oil mining ghost town in the Australian outback that is coupled and juxtaposed with the ghostly audio of the electromagnetic soundscape from VLF (Very Low Frequency) field recordings from this remote location and the live sound from the exhibition environment. The work establishes a trans-local energy soundscape through the use of the remote recordings and a live set up of sculptural and graphic interpretations of antenna made for detecting and listening to this normally unheard world of the electromagnetic in real time.

These drawings of gold and graphite antenna on paper resonate sympathetically to the local electromagnetic fields in the gallery and this energy is in turn stored in solid graphite-on-paper drawings that act as capacitors. Alongside these drawings of two de-formalized antenna; unruly skeins of copper wire also plugged directly into to a mixer. The drawings and wire challenge our thoughts about representation, functionality and energy scavenging while evidencing the local fields and contributing to the site-specific and dynamic aural landscape that is being generated literally out of thin air.

The installation is part esoteric laboratory for ghost-busting and part metaphorical commentary on the speed of our modernity.

Biographies

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding live and work in the Blue Mountains, NSW Australia. Most recently their collaborative work EarthStar received an Award of Distinction from Prix Ars Electronica 2009, Linz Austria in the Hybrid Art category.  Their recent exhibitions include, Turn and Widen, The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Korea (2008), Superlight, The 2nd Biennial 01SJ Art on the edge, San Jose Museum Art, California, USA, (2008), (in)visible sounds, Montevideo, The Dutch Institute for Time based Art, Netherlands (2007),  V2 Zone, Act interact, The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan (2007).  ReSearch, The Sendai MediaTech in Sendai, Japan (2006). Waves (Electromagnetic Waves as medium for Art), Riga, Latvia (2006), and they were the Australian National representatives at the 26th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2004).
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