Electromagnetism: an art form

A new exhibition at PICA illustrates the unseen energies that surround us.
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Electromagnetism: an art form
Image credit: David Haines, Joyce Hinterdingand and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Electromagnetic waves become a medium for art in a new exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

“Energies: Haines & Hinterding” allows visitors to see, hear and smell the unseen forces that shape everyday life.

Our world takes the shape it does because of electromagnetic forces between positively and negatively charged things.

We are awash in radio waves, television signals and satellite transmissions.

Even our own bodies generate electricity—ever had an electric shock?

Artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding scavenge these energies, transforming them into aesthetic displays where you can witness their ebbs and flows, peaks and troughs.

On the parallels between art and science, David says, “Our worlds are the same … you experiment in the lab; you experiment in the studio.”

Unlike scientists, David and Joyce are not trying to prove anything. All they wish to do is provide an experience—using a wide range of media including customised interactive gaming technology, fractal antennae and Kirlian photography.

“Energies: Haines & Hinterding” runs from 2 September to 29 October at PICA. Entry is free. Opening hours: 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday.

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