Doug Aitken

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About the Artist

Defying definitions of genre to reimagine the nature of what a work of art can be – and of what an art experience can achieve – Doug Aitken leads us into an arena where time, space and memory are bountifully fluid concepts.

 

His is a unique immersive aesthetic, characterised by a fascination with motion and velocity, that demonstrates the nature and structure of our media-saturated cultural condition. To this end, Aitken edits together frenetic and unique models of contemporary experience to create a new landscape, one in which he hopes we find points of anchor and experience a sense of connection. He employs a number of post studio artistic mediums – photography, sculpture, architecture, sound installation, and multichannel video installation. In each of his artworks, he chooses the medium or combination that amplifies and visually articulates the subject's qualities. The scale of his 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. 

  • In Focus – Doug Aitken: Open

     

    In Open, the first project to launch on Vortic VR, Doug Aitken has created what he sees as a new context for his artworks, both realised and speculative. Across four separate viewing rooms, viewers encounter Aitken’s artworks installed in imaginary architectural environments that are themselves set within a hyperreal world that is at once familiar and fantastical.

     

    This innovative VR exhibition is available to view at the gallery on Oculus headsets. Open is also available to view on Vortic’s web and mobile app.

    Click here to book a timed slot to experience Doug Aitken: Open

     

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  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    15 July - 30 October 2021

    Doug Aitken: Microcosmos

    Microcosmos features a new series of handmade fabric wall hangings that, engaging with the physical act of making, visually articulate a world that is driven by information and continuously in flux. The exhibition coincides with a major new site-specific installation, Green Lens, by the artist in Venice.

    Victoria Miro Venice
    2 October - 20 December 2019

    Doug Aitken: Return to the Real

    Victoria Miro presents Return to the Real, an exhibition of new works by Doug Aitken. Conceived as a unified composition of sound, light, form and movement, the exhibition explores our rapidly changing relationships to one another and the world around...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    23 September - 5 November 2016

    Protest

    Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker Historical and...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    12 June - 31 July 2015

    Doug Aitken

    A specific constellation of five key works that has been conceived for the gallery by the artist, and deals with contemporary ideas of time through the use of sound, touch, light and reflectivity; with each work existing in a zone...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    12 October - 12 November 2011

    Doug Aitken

    Doug Aitken's first solo exhibition in London for eight years will occupy both floors of Victoria Miro and include a specially reconfigured presentation of his acclaimed multi-channel film installation Black Mirror , alongside new wall-and floor-based sculptures and light box...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    18 October - 6 December 2003

    Doug Aitken

    I don’t exist
    I don't exist, Doug Aitken's first solo show in the UK since exhibiting at the Serpentine Gallery in 2001 features the London premiere of the video installation interiors, lightboxes from Aitken's plateau trilogy and a radical new photographic sculpture. The...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    7 May - 30 June 2000

    Raw

    Group Exhibition
    Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    17 November - 22 December 1999

    Form Film

    Group Exhibition
    Doug Aitken, The Complete Arthole, Isaac Julien, Abigail Lane, Tracey Moffatt, Hadrian Pigott, Steven Pippin from film explores the power of the single image, often suggesting a complex narrative, more associated with painting. The artist allows the viewer to spend...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    7 October - 12 November 1999

    Doug Aitken

    Into the Sun
    Filmed and photographed in the dusty sound stages and film sets of Bombay, Into the Sun focuses on the frenetic activity of the 24 hour a day film making machine that is 'Bollywood,' relentlessly churning out simple, escapist, formulaic narratives...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
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