Doug Aitken

Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken utilises a wide array of media and artistic approaches, his eye leading us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. Aitken's work effortlessly slips into our media-saturated cultural unconscious allowing the viewer to experience cinema in a unique way by deconstructing a connection between sound, moving images and the rhythms of our surroundings. Treating the world as his studio, he edits together frenetic and unique models of contemporary experience.

Aitken employs a number of post studio artistic mediums - photography, sculpture, architecture, sound installation, and multi channel video installation. In each of his artworks, Aitken chooses the medium or combination that amplifies and visually articulates the subject's qualities. The scale of the work can vary from a simple photograph to a complex moving sculpture of infinitely reflective automated mirrors. Quasi-narrative films create intricate mazes of open-ended stories told across reinterpreted physical architecture.

To this end, his Song 1 (2012) commissioned for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, his Sleepwalkers (2007) installation at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and his Migration (2008) installation at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh re-imagine the museum's outdoor walls and façade as a screen onto which a film is projected. Aitken also recently produced several books: Broken Screen, a book of interviews with 26 artists pushing the limits of linear narrative, 99 Cent Dreams, a collection of photographs, and Write In Jerry Brown President, a folded artist book published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Aitken's Station to Station is the most recent in a series of ambitious projects exploring the nature of creativity for which the artist drew together an impressive array of artists, musicians, film-makers, choreographers and others to participate in a sequence of 'happening' events, which took place in ten cities across America in September 2013.

Born in 1969, Doug Aitken currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Aitken has had numerous screenings, solo and group exhibitions around the world including presentations at Nam June Paik Art Center, South Korea (2013), Seattle Art Museum (2013), Tate Liverpool (2012), LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2012), Deste Foundation, Hydra, Greece (2011), Museo d'Art Contemporanea Roma, Rome (2009) 303 Gallery, New York (2008) the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007), Aspen Art Museum (2006), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2005) The Fabric Museum and Workshop, Philadelphia (2002) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2001). He was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999.
Migration ('empire' linear), 2008
Single channel video, TRT: 24 minutes 28 seconds