Haines & Hinterding Haines & Hinterding

Encounter with the Halo Field

  • Purchased 2015
  • single-channel video, sound, 3.38min
  • 2015/039
  • 2009-2015

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding have always been interested in the invisible energies that surround us, and that curiosity often finds its way into their art. Electromagnetic radiation is in the air all around us, but in this work we see it in action. The artists perform a mysterious dance with fluorescent light tubes under the huge transmission towers near their home in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. The electrical field created by the towers is strong enough to affect the mercury gas inside the tubes, creating an ultraviolet light that strikes the tubes’ phosphor coating and makes them glow strangely against the night sky.

(Wheriko - Brilliant! 17 May 2019 – 16 February 2020)

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  • David Haines and Joyce Hinterding have always been interested in the invisible energies that surround us, and that curiosity often finds its way into their art. Electromagnetic radiation is in the air all around us, but in this work we see it in action. The artists perform a mysterious dance with fluorescent light tubes under the huge transmission towers near their home in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. The electrical field created by the towers is strong enough to affect the mercury gas inside the tubes, creating an ultraviolet light that strikes the tubes’ phosphor coating and makes them glow strangely against the night sky.