A Video Installation by Terry Haines
nine monitors, two video channels, stereo audio, 9min
In celebration of the 11th Anniversary of SWARM, PAARC’s annual festival of Artist Run Culture, VIVO Media Arts Centre presents a new nine-channel video installation by Vancouver video artist of Chilcotin/French and Shuswap/Welsh ancestry, Terry Haines. BLOODSTORM materialized during a 2009 residency at VIVO where Haines’ has been producing, exhibiting and distributing his videos since 2002.
BLOODSTORM is constructed in homage to the + positive sign, the squares of the AIDS Memorial quilt, the four directions, four winds and four human races.
In Haines’ words BLOODSTORM, “sifts through notions of beauty, strength and hope in a visual metaphor for the force of a storm. It is unpredictable and undeniable, much like HIV/ AIDS. Blood and storm combine to reveal the inner turmoil and fear of living with a disease, which has no cure, in an intimate testament of survival.”
BLOODSTORM complicates the rhetoric of identity politics and activist video aesthetics with mystical introspection and poetic humility. Haines’ frees BLOODSTORM from the narrative constraints of first-person biopics by eliciting his corporeal form to speak for its own experience with a storm of blood.
Terry Haines’ inter-disciplinary media art practice is rooted in personal storytelling. His short videos and installations have been curated, exhibited and screened across Canada, the USA, the Czech Republic, Germany and Mexico. Haines was a featured artist in ART STAR 3 - Video Art Biennial (Ottawa 2007), Entzaubert Film Festival (Berlin 2009), Dreamspeakers International Aboriginal Film and Television Festival (Edmonton 2008), MIX Film Festival (New York 2007) and RED EYE- First Nations Short Film & Video Exhibition (NewFoundland 2008 Ontario 2006). Haines is of Chilcotin/French and Shuswap/Welsh ancestry and lives and works in Vancouver, BC Canada.