Doug Aitken – The Source Videos

Posted November 24th, 2012 under Documentaries, Media, NEWEST, Shows, Videos

Doug Aitken
Artist Doug Aitken presents a series of filmed conversations with well-known cultural figures, exploring the essence of their creative process. The film is part of Aitken’s artwork The Source, an installation at Tate Liverpool (Until 13 January 2013).

Doug Aitken – The Source: Jacques Herzog

What is the starting point for the creative act? ‘It’s instinct…a lot of instinct, and very fast’ says Tate Modern architect Jacques Herzog in this interview with Doug Aitken.

Doug Aitken – The Source: Philippe Parreno

‘I’m insanely curious’ says artist Philippe Parreno in his conversation with Doug Aitken while discussing ‘triggers’ for creativity and his working process.

See all videos at Tate.org over here.

Doug Aitken ’s body of work ranges from photography, print media, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to narrative films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, installations, and live performance. Aitken’s video works have taken place in such culturally loaded sites as Jonestown in Guyana, Africa’s diamond mines, and India’s Bollywood. Doug Aitken has collaborated on his films with a wide variety of musicians, from hip hop artist André 3000 of Outkast, who was in Aitken’s 2002 multiscreen Interiors to indie bands like Lichens and No Age, which contributed to his score for his 2008 film Migration and 2011′s Black Mirror, respectively.

Since the mid-1990s, Doug Aitken has created installations by employing multiple screens in architecturally provocative environments. Diamond Sea (1997), for example, includes two video projections, one suspended video monitor, and one full-color, illuminated transparency photograph in a dimly lit space. Multiple speakers create an immersive sound experience; the multi-screen film explores a guarded region in the Namib desert in southwestern Africa known as Diamond Area 1 and 2. The territory, estimated at over 40,000 square miles and sealed off since 1908, contains the world’s largest and richest computer-controlled diamond mine. Hysteria (1998–2000) uses film footage from the past four decades that shows audiences at pop and rock concerts working themselves into a frenzy on four screens in an X formation. Filmed and photographed in the dusty sound stages and film sets of Bombay, Into the Sun (1999) focuses on the frenetic activity of Bollywood, recreating the sound stages of the Indian film industry with canvas projection screens, a red dirt floor, and video shown in a non-stop, twenty-four hour loop. Diamond Sea was presented at the 1997 Whitney Biennial and his Electric Earth installation, an eight projection, multi-room post cinematic experience, drew international attention and earned him the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999. His ambitious show New Ocean, which included multiple sound, photo, and video works, began with a transformation of the Serpentine Gallery in London and traveled the world to Austria, Italy and Japan, each time in a new configuration. In 2010, Doug Aitken exhibited his work House, a study of destruction featuring the artist’s parents.

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Image: Aitken’s Sleepwalkers displayed at the Museum of Modern Art 2007

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