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David Haines

b. 1966

David Haines (b. 1966) is a contemporary artist based in The Blue Mountains, New South Wales. Working across a variety of media, Haines is primarily known as one half of the collaborating art duo Haines & Hinterding, with Joyce Hinterding. Haines's solo exhibition career has included works in photography, sculpture and perfume. His exhibition Cosmic Vapours (2010) combined evocative images of what appeared to be undersea smoke plumes (but were computer generated images), Kirlian photography of plant leaves, and multi-faceted black cardboard sculptures that emmitted perfumes. Like his collaborative work, Haines's exhibition was concerned with the immaterial and the rich psychological potential of the uncanny. 

Andrew Frost
Birth place
London, England
Period of activity 
from 1989
Other works 


Monocline, with Joyce Hinterding, SuperDeluxe@Artspace, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2010.

American Modern Variations, La Campana, Dual Plover, Sydney Untitled, Gift Project, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown, New South Wales, 2008.

American Modern, The Winecellar, Auckland, New Zealand 2006 Impermanent Audio, solo performance, Pelt Gallery, Sydney, 2007.

Don’t look now, solo performance, Mori Gallery, Sydney; Terminus Projects launch, Sunvalley performance of untitled composition from dammed revolutions, 2005. 

Tonic, solo performance, New York City, USA; SCARPA, solo performance, Auckland; None Gallery, solo performance, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2004. 

Live performance by Sun Valley, Waveform Computer Music Conference, UWS, Sydney; Voices of the Living Dead, sound in association with the exhibition Faces of the Living Dead by Martyn Jolly, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, 2001. 

What is Music? Festival, Melbourne, Australia, solo performance from Sigma 009 Emo; What is Music? Festival, Sydney, opening night solo performance, Imperial Slacks, Sydney; Impermanent Audio, solo performance from Sigma 009 Emo, Sigma Editions, European Tour, October–November 2000, live performances at: Galerie Schniederei and Gebaude9, Koln, Germany; Klub Dodo Rotterdam, The Netherlands; VHS: Zentrum am Schloss, Saarbrucken, Germany; Batofar, Paris, France; Cave12, Geneva, Switzerland; Brancaleone, Rome, Italy; Cox 18, Milan, Italy, 2000.

Sigma Editions, European Tour, June–July 1999, live performances at: Gloria, Helsinki, Finland; Realkool Gymnasium, Tallin, Estonia; Ost Club, Frankfurt, Germany; Unter-Saarbrucken, Germany; Extrapool-Imejden, The Netherlands; Club Zwei, Munich, Germany; Rhiz, Vienna, Austria; Geubadu 9, Koln, Germany; WMF, Berlin, Germany, 1999. 


Emo, Sigma 009, Sigma Editions, New York & London, audio CD, 2001. 

Maatsuyker, Neuss Rec, audio CD, 2000.

Blither, Sigma 004, Sigma Editions, New York & London, audio CD, 1999. 

Experiments for feedback and multiple pianos, Helmholtz/Magnetic Media, audio CD, 1997. 

Eternal Return, Helmholtz/Magnetic Media, audio CD, 1996. 

Other solo exhibitions 

7th Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium, Ozinol, Sergeant Gallery Wanganui, New Zealand; The Gift, Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia; Cosmic Vapour, Breenspace, Sydney, Australia; Light from Light, Multimedia Art Asia Pacific (MAAP), Shanghai Library, China and State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Green, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia; ICAN Covers, ICAN Institute for Contemporary Art, Newtown, Sydney; OCTOPUS 10: How We Know That The Dead Return, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia; Group Show, Beta Decay, Breenspace, Sydney, 2010. 

Illume, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, New South Wales; Festival Ars Electronica, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; The Dwelling, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; ENERGY. Scientific and Artistic, Utopian and Critical Visions of future terrestrial energy, Black Canyon Earth Field, ART+COMMUNICATION 2009 XI International festival for new media culture Riga, Latvia; Electromagnetic Composition for Building, Plants and Stars, Adelaide Array, Royal Institute of Australia, Sydney; EarthStar, Award of Distinction, Hybrid Art category, Prix Ars Electronica, exhibited in Cyber Arts 09, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; Electromagnetic Composition for Building, Plants and Stars (Adelaide Array), Royal Institute of Australia, Adelaide; The Dwelling, House 2: The Great Artesian Basin Pennsylvania, ACCA, Melbourne, 2009.

Telepathy, The Performance Space, Sydney; EarthStar, The Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane, Queensland; Current 08: Sculpture Projects in the River City, collaborative work by Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, Parramatta City Council, Parramatta; HEADLAND, ICAN Institute for Contemporary Art, Newtown; Electromagnetique Composition for Building Plants and Stars, Breenspace, Sydney; Turn and Widen, The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (Media City Seoul), Seoul, South Korea; Modern Ruin, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland; IASKA, International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia; WA Waves — The Art of the Electromagnetic Society, PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, Germany; Superlight, The 2nd Biennale 01SJ Art on the Edge, San Jose Museum Art, California, USA, 2008.

The Visitors: Aliens and UFOs in Contemporary Art, Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest, Penrith, New South Wales; Tokyo: Floating World, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia; (in)visible sounds, Montevideo, The Dutch Institute for Time-based Art, The Netherlands; V2 Zone, Act Interact, The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan; Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Te Tui Centre for the Arts, New Zealand, 2007.

Re:search – Art collaboration between Australia and Japan, Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan; Two works for Wilhelm Reich, OrupDesert 1954-55 after field study number 2, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Western Australia; Waves, 8th International Festival for New Media Culture, Art & Communication, Riga, Latvia; Under the Radar, FACT, Liverpool, England, 2006. 

The Butterfly Effect, Museum of Sydney; The irrational, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney; Hollow earth theory revived: Field study 1& 2, 24hr Art, Darwin, Australia; Day & Night, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide; Vanishing Point, Experimenta, Melbourne and Artspace, Sydney, 2005.

Image Smugglers in a Free Territory, 6th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide; Let's talk about six, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2004. 

Remembrance + The Moving Image: Persistence of Vision, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; The Liquid Sea, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Ten Days on the Island Festival, CAST, Hobart, 2003.

Deep Space: Sensation & Immersion, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; MAAP, Beijing; st@rt up: new interactive media, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa; The World (May Be) Fantastic, 13th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; ARCO, Madrid, Spain; Problems In Paradise, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney; Liquid Architecture, Melbourne, 2002.

Space Odysseys: Sensation & Immersion, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2001.

The Levitation Grounds, Artspace, Sydney; Pivot V: About Photography, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Australia; Atomic, The Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2000. 

An Eccentric Orbit: Video Art in Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Haines, Morley, Bugden & Tilly, Rm 3, Auckland, New Zealand; Re-Worked, The Film Centre, Wellington, New Zealand; Oblique, Otira, New Zealand, 1999.

Avatar, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand; Music’s Dead Return, Manning River Regional Art Gallery, Manning River, New South Wales, and Side On Gallery, Sydney, 1998.

Medievalism...Musical & Non Musical Kingdoms, Artspace, Sydney; Evil Art, Side On Gallery, Sydney (group exhibition); Ghostship Low, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1997.

Palimpsest, Artspace, Sydney, RMIT, Melbourne, and Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra; Silver Forest Cemetery & Words become stars, Z.A Moca Shinjuku, Tokyo, 1996.

Sound In Space: Australian Sound Art, Screen Sound Program, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1995. 

Universal Lever, SOUNDWATCH94, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand, 1994.

Video Positive 93, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England; The Black Art of the Family, Selenium Gallery, Sydney, 1993.

Museum of Fire — A Video Trilogy by David Haines, Chris Caines and John Conomos, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; 6th Australian Video Festival, Sydney; Experimenta 92, Melbourne; University of Newcastle, Australia; New Visions, Glasgow; Videofest92 Berlin, selected for touring to Argentina and Italy by Videofest92 committee; SCANNERS OF MEMORY, Video Positive 93, Liverpool, England, 1992.