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photo: John Blaisdell

merry go round scene from thought crimes in the satiation pool Excerpted from an article by Liz Kotz from "The Museum of California", a publication of the Oakland Museum, May/June 1990.

"... Barney Haynes explores how video can be used to create and collect sounds and images. 'Thought Crimes in the Satiation Pools' (1988), a collaboration with Barry Schwartz.... situate[s] video in a decayed industrial landscape. Composed from elements of a larger installation/ performance pieces, the videotapes work in an aesthetics territory closer to the worlds of industrial music or the machine are of Survival Research Labs than the slicker, television-oriented look of much image-processed video art....

' Thought Crimes' manipulates everyday objects and familiar materials, using them to create unexpected powerful effects. The possibilities of vibration and sound are explored through a range of scavenged materials: old bed-springs, metal coils, piano strings, heated metal bars, dropped into water. In the tape's most striking image, a burning chair twists and turns from a cable, as if a symbol for some unexplained spontaneous combustion of domestic objects. While the video uses an almost process-oriented approach, showing the concrete techniques, which create each sound and effect, the elements are brought together in a composition that is almost musical.


"Group Show," Eye Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1988.
"Group Show," Pro Arts, Oakland, California, 1987.
"Hot Box Series," Art Television Access, San Francisco, California, 1987.
"Video Refuses Festival," Club DV8, San Francisco, California, 1987.

Video Tape
"Avant Garde Series," Honolulu Academy of the Arts, 1993.
"The Sound Barrier," Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, California, 1992.
"The San Francisco Festival," 2B Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1992.
"Group Show," Time Based Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1991.
"Watch This Steal This," TV 20, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1991.
"Oakland Artist Show," Museum of California, Oakland California, 1990.
"International Video Festival," American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA.1987.