doug aitken: a monumental, multi-sensory survey opens at MOCA, los angeles
 
doug aitken: a monumental, multi-sensory survey opens at MOCA, los angeles doug aitken: a monumental, multi-sensory survey opens at MOCA, los angeles
sep 18, 2016

doug aitken: a monumental, multi-sensory survey opens at MOCA, los angeles

 

doug aitken: electric earth’ is presented at the museum of contemporary art in los angeles from now through january 15, 2017 — the first survey to examine the full scope of the american artist and filmmaker’s varied work. comprising seven, large-scale moving-image installations, live sound works, sculptures, photographs, collages, single-channel films, and documentation of architectural projects, the monumental exhibition exemplifies the artist’s core thematic elements. the end of linear time, environmental depredation, technological mediation, self-contained and decentralized communication, and the incursion of commerce into our social relationship are some of the survey’s primary motifs.

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(above) 99¢ dreams, 2007, neon, 35 1⁄4 x 54 3⁄16 x 1/2 in. (89.5 x 137.6 x 1.3 cm) | photo by john berens
(main) MORE (shattered pour), 2013, high-density foam, wood, mirror, 63 × 48 1⁄2 × 7 1⁄2 in. (160 × 121.9 × 19.1 cm)

 

 

at MOCA, viewers are placed at the center of an immersive multi-sensory experience, where aitken maps psychological, social, informational, and physical landscapes. largely informed by the saturation of media and the ubiquity of information technology, aitken’s self-described ‘landscape of fragmentation’ is revealed through broken mirror sculptures, text-based installations, and immersive film rooms sourced from a range of visual vocabularies.

 

‘doug has introduced a new conception of narrative based on fragmentation and a new conception of sculpture not in an expanded field, but rather in an expanded time, describes MOCA director philippe vergne. ‘what is distinctive about this new form is it provides a common ground for audiences, giving a physical space to the idea of communication as what is familiar to many.’

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NOW (blue mirror), 2014, wood, mirror, glass, 48 1⁄4 × 108 1⁄2 × 18 in. (122.6 × 275.6 × 45.7 cm) | photo by brian forrest

 

 

the exhibition incorporates a cross-continental logic that embraces a collaborative spirit across disciplines, reimagining what a work of art can be. envisioned as an ‘entropic landscape’, the survey is punctuated by textual signs, large-scale sculptures, and a varied selection of images unbound from vernacular language and culture.

 


‘doug aitken pushes the limits of what an exhibition can be,’
 vergne continues
. ‘the exhibition creates its own space and time through the fragmentation of images and sounds and becomes a work in itself. it is a total environment that acts as a broadcasting tower for the issues of our time—the ethical and aesthetic questions that frame this moment, those of human, environmental, and social entropy—and does so in a way that is immersive, making the viewer a fully participatory protagonist of the work.’

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sunset (black), 2012, hand-carved foam, epoxy, LEDs, hand-silkscreened acrylic, 63 1⁄2 × 78 1⁄4 × 8 in. (161.3 × 198.8 × 20.3 cm) | photo by john berens

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installation view of ‘black mirror’, 2011, at schirn kunsthalle, frankfurt, july 9–september 27, 2015
photo by norbert miguletz

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installation view ‘song 1’, 2012/2015, at schirn kunsthalle, frankfurt, july 9–september 27, 2015 | photo by norbert miguletz

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desire (chemical spills), 2009, chromogenic print with MSG (monosodium glutamate), fluoxetine (prozac), and chlorine bleach mounted on aluminum, 56 3⁄4 x 47 in. (144.1 x 119.4 cm) | photo by stefan altenburger

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migration (empire) (still), 2008, video installation with three channels of video (color, sound), three projections, three steel and PVC screen billboard sculptures, 24:28 minutes/loop, installation dimensions variable

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migration (empire) (still), 2008, video installation with three channels of video (color, sound), three projections, three steel and PVC screen billboard sculptures, 24:28 minutes/loop, installation dimensions variable

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