Doug Aitken

migration. 2008
production still. © 303 Gallery, New York, 2010

migration. 2008
production still. © 303 Gallery, New York, 2010

migration. 2008
production still. © 303 Gallery, New York, 2010

migration (empire installation). 2008. installation view at 303 Gallery
3 channel video projection. 3 billboards: approx. 120 x 180 x 15 inches each
duration: 24:28. © 303 Gallery, New York, 2010

migration. video by 303 Gallery

DOUG AITKEN‘s art encompasses photography, installation, multi-screen video and architecture. He likes to use conventions of the big screen to explore American ideology. He is also very interested in the structures of sound and music and how music can seduce one moment and attack the next time. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.

For the inaugural exhibition in 303 Gallery‘s 21st street space (September 2008), DOUG AITKEN presents “Migration”, the first in a 3-part cycle of audio-visual installations titled “Empire.” In “Migration” the movements of wild North American migratory animals are transposed upon the ubiquitous space of modern roadside hotels and motels. As the wild birds and animals inhabit these mysteriously vacant and sterile interiors we’re taken on a haunting odyssey through the contemporary American landscape. With the film alternating between three billboards within the gallery space, the viewer is left to determine his own place in the often desolate and alienating transitory spaces which man inhabits, all the while supplementing the footage with a dramatic soundtrack. –  by 303 Gallery

Also in October of 2009, AITKEN’s Sonic Pavilion opened to the public. The pavilion is located in the forested hills of Brazil, as part of a new cultural institute and museum, the Instituto Cultural Inhotim. The pavilion provides a communal space to listen to the sounds of the earth as they are recorded through specialized microphones buried a mile deep into the ground and carried back into the pavilion through a number of speakers. The sound heard inside the pavilion is an amplified live feed of the moving interior of the earth.

His work is really something that I want to see and experience. An advice: don’t miss the video above; simply amazing. Enjoy!

ps. the first picture with the buffalo is haunting me!

3 commentaires pour “Doug Aitken”

  1. Dingue!

  2. crazy! Son dernier projet Frontier a l’air aussi impressionnant (his last project Frontier seems to be impressive!):
    kiss kiss kiss

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