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Joyce Hinterding & David Haines

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Earthstar 2008 (1)

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding
Earthstar 2008 (Video still)
Image courtesy: The artists and Breenspace, Sydney

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Earthstar 2008 (2)

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding
Earthstar 2008 (Video still)
Image courtesy: The artists and Breenspace, Sydney

David Haines & Joyce Hinterding

David Haines
b.1966, London, United Kingdom
Joyce Hinterding
b.1958, Melbourne
Live and work in Blue Mountains, NSW

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding collaborate on elaborate installations exploring the arcane energies and hidden frequencies that lie beyond the scope of our senses. Earthstar comprises three elements: customised antennae tuned to the radio bursts emitted by the sun and fed through an amplifier to provide a real time, immersive soundtrack; spectacular footage of the solar chromosphere captured using a Hydrogen-Alpha telescope; and refrigerators containing specially developed aroma molecules that hypothesise what the sun might smell like — a fragrance the artists have described as ‘the smell before a thunderstorm’.
The work employs the rigorous methodologies and tools of science, but its overall effect is a poetically charged experience that ultimately emphasises the sun’s elemental and mythic qualities that have fascinated us throughout the ages. 

‘Solaire Amour’, the fragrance developed by the artists, is available to purchase in the Gallery Store Modern. 

Joyce Hinterding and David Haines maintain individual art practices but regularly collaborate on large scale new media installations. Their collaborative works employ a range of new media technologies and often explore natural phenomena within artificial, digitally constructed scenarios. Together they have exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; Artspace, Sydney; MOCA Taipei, Taiwan; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; 9th Biennale of Sydney; 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.