Haines's research is not limited to one particular medium: it includes gallery-based installation art and sound performances that are exhibited and performed.
He is currently researching aroma – an underutilised sensation in contemporary art – and how to use the sense of smell more in his installation practice.
Haines is at the forefront of moving image technology, working with real-time 3D game engines to produce gallery-based virtual reality experiences that co-exist with more familiar forms of contemporary art. These works are made in the context of the 'White Cube' as the ideal platform for the dissemination of complex and challenging experimental work.
He is interested in unusual forms of image making, including computer-simulated optics and ray tracing, hydrogen alpha solar photography, digital imaging and computer art. Along with this, he has performed minimalist sound compositions in Europe, North America and Australia over many years.
His research has allowed the production of large-scale works in major museums, site-specific works, commissions and exhibitions, collaborations, and institutions.
Ideas are at the centre of Haines's practice and he conceives of his research as being unlimited, in terms of potential media: from complex scientific instruments such as the gas chromatograph, to holography, Kirlian photography, poetry, white noise, high-volume guitar, aroma chemistry, synthetic diamonds, feedback, computer software, and acrylic paint.