• Thu 29 Nov 9:00PM

Doors 6pm, program runs 630-830pm with 30 min interval.

Free entry.


Tape Projects
1/81 Bouverie St, Carlton

Chronicles of the New Human Organism

Ian Haig’s body of work is sprawling, irrepressible, earnestly deranged and defiantly grotesque.

Chronicles of the New Human Organism is his epic, long-form, straight-to-DVD mash up of video emissions from the outer fringes of science fiction new-age consumer culture.

Far, faaaaar beyond white static, it is the perfect work to present as our first collaboration with Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival, a festival that seeks to share the many splendid things video art can be.

More on that collaboration next year. For now we’ll be screening the full 50-minute cut of Chronicles followed by a Q&A with Ian Haig in the (somewhat) theatrical setting it truly deserves, Bouverie Studios.

Working at the intersection of visual and media arts, Haig’s work encompasses site-specific installation projects, super 8 movies, interactive sculpture, comics, noise music, animations, videos, drawings, web projects and large-scale gallery installations.

Topics covered in Chronicles include: Haunted media, cannibalism, alien technlogy, experimental surgery, the reptillian brain, new sexual organs, sexual and post sexual, power of the human orgasm, Alan Turing’s hormone therapy, communication with the dead, the transformation of the human body, human evolution, Mayan computer system, body detoxification, global warming, parasites, the nature of time and space, obsolete human organs, martian communication, meat, human sacrifice, dreams, human consciousness, the brain, insects, human biology, electricity, volcanic lava.

A selection of short video works by local and interstate artists The Holy Trinity (Tricky Walsh, Mish Meijers & Alicia King), Zoe Scoglio (who will do a mini Q&A after her film) and Benjamin Ducroz are also screening. Complimenting Haig’s work they also embrace themes of spirituality, mortality, corporeality and existence through vivid aesthetics and variously humorous and vernacular sensibilities.

Doors 6pm, program runs 630-830pm with 30 min interval.

Unfortunately Babes on Grill will not be in attendance as previously advertised. Instead we will make some (veg/vegan/meat) food available from Miss Chu.

‘Imagine putting a video camera into the hands of a Death Valley outsider artist convinced that the mother ship is about to land at any minute, and that when it does a new phase of human evolution will begin. Chronicles of the new human organism is such a film.’

Taking the form of the nature documentary exploring the strangeness of the world around us as a starting point – Chronicles of the new human organism takes the viewer on a journey through a range of ideas, systems of knowledge and questions relating to the origins of the human species, the significance of the reptilian mind, new forms of human sexuality, parasites, the communication with the dead, and alien evolutionary technology.

The work references and cannibalizes ideas derived from Al Fry, JG Ballard, Rudolf Steiner, WilhelmReich, The Heavens Gate cult, Carl Sagan and Oscar Kiss Maerth. Delivered with a portentous, yet strangely soothing voiceover, Chronicles of the new human organism re-interprets the history of visionary thinking about the human species through the po-faced filter of Erich Von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods and the shockumentary style of Mondo Cane.

One of the aims of Chronicles of the new human organism has been to make a work that defies categorization or another way of looking at the categorization of the human itself. It is a perverse and compelling hybrid of educational video, new age recruitment campaign and cult manifesto: the Mondo movie genre with a good dose of pseudo science.

The sound and music for the video was composed by PH2 (Philip Brophy and Philip Samartzis). Like the visuals, it draws on a range of references in its production from Jerry Goldsmith sci-fi scores such as Logan’s Run to pulsating electronic noise from Forbidden Planet and textural location field recordings of some of the weirdest places on the planet.’

– Darren Tofts