Mike Haplin

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Chance Procedures in the Production of Experimental Drawings

Research Project Summary:
Mike Haplin’s research tests the influence of chance in a series of experimental drawings, created using ink frozen in ice, and used engine oil with or without the addition of ink. The experiments are underpinned by the theories of CS Peirce, which state that there are two forms of chance. One is absolute chance, including anticipated elements, and two, ordinary chance, devoid of expectations where nothing is anticipated. Further ideas of chance draw on the practice of John Cage and his use of I Ching by asking questions, using hexagrams to determine actions, identifying development of chance in both music and visual art forms and extrapolating them into the text of the thesis.

Questions on the relationship between chance and intentionality are addressed. The combination of both artistic and measured processes creates the organic images by the random placement of ink/ice blocks, and used engine oil with and without ink, on cartridge paper. The impact of gravity, vibration and fluidity of the liquid on the materials and surroundings defines the corporeality of the images. Materiality and process tried and evaluated, when the liquids spread across the paper. While absolute and ordinary chance are not interchangeable, they are not rigidly fixed either. They exist as fluid elements influenced by time. Intentionality, randomness and failure are found in the unpredictable results from controlled production.


2011 – Present PhD Studies at UCA
2009 – 2010 MA (Fine Arts) NUCA
2007 – 2009 BA (Hons) Fine Arts Cambridge School of Arts, ARU
2006 – 2007 Diploma Fine Arts CRC Cambridge

Prior to this Haplin had a career in International Business Management and Exporting in the Oil and Healthcare industries.


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