Margaret Haines

“…And nothing’s the same.” AQNB’s Out of Body mini-compendium confronting art & music in the aftermath drops today, Oct 12

12 October 2021

AQNB releases the Out of Body mini-compendium, a download-only album of new music and visual works today, October 12.

The compilation—with cover art by Margaret Haines—features artists found in AQNB’s orbit, whose contributions reflect a notion of sound and art in the aftermath. After enduring nearly two years of varying degrees of lockdown and myriad emergent crises, the world as we know it is unrecognisable. It’s a time of truthers and techno-mystics, where a massive gravitational shift has further weakened any shared notion of reality, already broken down by the hyperindividualism of the internet. It has led us down a path of aliens and astral projection, mass resignations and a collective dissociative fugue state. We’ve wandered out of the Age of Reason and into an Era of Enchantment.

Visual artists 4fucksakebabes and Alexandra Koumantaki deal quite literally with a haunted, internal and extraterrestrial present in their visual contributions, while producer Helica whispers the inexplicable non sequitur “…and nothing’s the same” on the unearthly hypnagogia of ‘Doorkeeper’. Other ambient and melodic music from ANIMAshushu, and User2222 & ANDREW GOES TO HELL also flirts with these ideas of fantasy and interiority, catastrophe and chaos through their unique perspectives and sense of emotion. Together, the trans-dimensional auto reply under accelerated technocapitalism presents Out of Body as a checked-out eulogy for a year that never was.

Buy Out of Body now.**

Out of Body (2021). Compendium cover artwork by Margaret Haines. Courtesy AQNB, London.

Out of Body: an AQNB music & art compendium

12 October 2021

‘Out of Body’ is AQNB’s fifth digital release of new music and visual works compiled by our London and Los Angeles-based team.

The compilation—with cover art by Margaret Haines—features artists found in AQNB’s orbit, whose contributions reflect a notion of sound and art in the aftermath. After enduring nearly two years of varying degrees of lockdown and myriad emergent crises, the world as we know it is unrecognisable. It’s a time of truthers and techno-mystics, where a massive gravitational shift has further weakened any shared notion of reality, already broken down by the hyperindividualism of the internet. It has led us down a path of aliens and astral projection, mass resignations and a collective dissociative fugue state. We’ve wandered out of the Age of Reason and into an Era of Enchantment.

Music by:
ANIMA
Helica
shushu
User2222 & ANDREW GOES TO HELL

Visual works by:
4fucksakebabes
Alexandra Koumantaki

Cover artwork by:
Margaret Haines

Acknowledgments:
Steph Kretowicz, AQNB editor
Jared Davis, AQNB associate editor
Matt Dell, AQNB music editor
Caroline Heron, AQNB managing editor

Isaac Treece, mastering

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Behind the scenes with Margaret Haines for her On Air: Purity, Corruption & Pollution film production on cult icon Cameron

20 September 2021

This shoot for Margaret HainesOn Air: Purity, Corruption & Pollution—the titular short film to be released next year—happened in Paris on August 21 to 26.

Margaret Haines, ‘On Air: Purity, Corruption & Pollution’ (2021). Behind the scenes image. Courtesy the artist.

The project includes a book of the same name, produced in collaboration with AQNB and exploring the life and times of Los Angeles artist Cameron—probably best known for her role in Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome and marriage to rocket scientist and founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jack Parsons. The narrative biography draws on the cult icon’s context during the Cold War and beyond, touching on the worlds of notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley, Scientology and Cameron’s own integral role around it. You can hear Haines speak on the project and her practice-at-large with AQNB editor Steph Kretowicz on our Artist Statement podcast from late last year.

Produced by Quentin Dubret of Pastor/Placzek, the On Air: Purity, Corruption & Pollution film includes performances by Jette Loona Hermanis, Livia Hendrickson, Joseph Wood, Arif Hasan, Alain LeToct, and Maryline Paradise, with vocal coaching from Dan Bodan, clothes from Julia Heuer, makeup and stills from Cecilia, music by Sky H1, and more.**

Margaret Haines’ On Air: Purity, Corruption & Pollution short film is funded by Mondriaan Fonds and Canada Council, for ROZENSTRAAT – a rose is a rose in Amsterdam.

Margaret Haines explores the ethics + aesthetics of empathy in multimedia installation I dreamt in heaven

20 November 2017

Margaret Haines presented solo exhibition I dreamt in heaven at The Hague’s 1646 gallery which opened November 3 and is running to December 3. 

Margaret Haines, I dreamt in heaven (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + 1646, The Hague.

The installation explores “the ethics and aesthetics of empathy,” through a multimedia arrangement. Sculpture, performance and text-based works are placed around the space, including an email correspondence between Haines and a neuroscientist who discuss the “evolutionary and developmental implications of empathy.”

A short film is also presented alongside the other works, using the language of editing, sound and body movement to create a fantastical image that follows a young motorcyclist riding through suburbia. The press release expands on the term ’empathy,’ noting that it is a recent one and has its roots in Greek meaning “obsession, intense emotional state, unbearable emotional engagement, positive or negative, hatred even.”**

Margaret Haines’ solo exhibition I dreamt in heaven at The Hague’s 1646 gallery is running November 3 to December 3, 2017.

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“What makes you crumble?” Documentation of The Malignancy of Stupidity The Cutest Evil … group exhibition

29 June 2017

The malignancy of Stupidity: the cutest evil (la coscienza sporca), le perroquet…Yesterday sounded too sentimental…once more: repression/negation/vulnerability…BOTH SHOWS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME TITLES…I like your note about friendship group exhibition was on at Paris’ Lily Robert, running May 12 to June 17.

Curated by Fabio Santacroce, the show happened alongside  the solo exhibition of the same name by Margaret Haines, and featured work by Dan Bodan, Jesse Darling, Cédric Fargues, Romain Hamard, Kareem Lotfy, Sands Murray Wassink, Anna Maria Pinaka, Skki, Ilya Smirnov, Anna Solal + Geo Wyeth.

The press release ruminates on art and friendship, gender and intersubjectivity: “Including friends may also include the possibility and fear of losing them. Do you know that I have promised myself to stay away from any kind of emotional involvement and sophistication? They make you crumble.”**

The The Malignancy of Stupidity The Cutest Evil… was on at Paris’ Lily Robert, running May 12 and ran to June 17, 2017.

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