Doug Aitken

Modern Soul

Plage du Larvotto

Horaire : 29 April 2016 – 19:30 – 20:10

Duration:40 minutes

Doug Aitken, Cloud Plane (Slipstream), 2015
Photo credit: © Jeff McLane
Courtesy of the artist; 303 Gallery, New York ; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich ; Victoria Miro Gallery, London, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Doug Aitken, one of the most important American artists of his generation, has shown at major museums around the world, including MOMA in New York or the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. Right from the start in the 1990s, sound and rhythm have played a particularly important role in Doug Aitken’s multi-screen video installations. In Song 1 (2012), for example, Aitken transposes the language of mid-20th-century Americana – nocturnal car rides, diners, neon lights, the torch song I only have eyes for you – into our contemporary disjointed era. But with works such as Sonic Fountain (2013–15) a fountain consisting of five electronically controlled tabs dripping water into a pool, forming a kind of ‘self-playing’ music in the spirit of minimalist composers such as Terry Riley –  Aitken has demonstrated that he can work straight with the elements. Especially conceived for the Nuit Blanche with a musical composition created in collaboration with Christian Hamouy, Aitken will realize a new piece that will turn the very sky over Monaco into his material, in synchronicity with a rhythmic ensemble playing on Larvotto Beach.

With the participation of the percussionists: Gisèle DAVID, Christian BINI, Jonathan FARALLI, Claudio BETTINELLI, Silvia SANDRONE, Raphaël SIMON, Philippe SERRA, Régis FAMELART, Juliette SERRIE and Christian HAMOUY

 

Doug Aitken, one of the most significant American artists of his generation, has exhibited in the world’s greatest museums, including MOMA in New York and the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. Since the 1990s, sound and rhythm have played a particularly important role in the multi-screen video installations created by Doug Aitken. In Song 1 (2012), he transposes the language of mid-twentieth century Americana – night-time drives, the ambience of a diner, neon lights, I Only Have Eyes for You romance into the chaos of our contemporary era. With works such as Sonic Fountain (2013–2015) – a fountain consisting of five electronically controlled pipes from which water drips drop by drop into a pool, producing a sort of “automatic” music in the spirit of minimalist composers such as Terry Riley – Doug Aitken has demonstrated that he is capable of literally working with the elements. For Monaco’s Nuit Blanche, Doug Aitken will create a new work which will turn the sky into his medium, in synchronisation with a rhythmic ensemble who will perform on Larvotto Beach.

Born in California in 1968, Doug Aitken lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Renowned for his innovative artistic installations, he leads the audience into a world where time, space and memory are fluid concepts. In his work, he uses photography, sculpture, architecture, film, sound, installation and video. He took part in the 1997 and 2000 Whitney Biennials, and was awarded the Venice Biennale international prize in 1999 for Electric Earth. He also won the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize in 2012 and the Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts in 2013. Group and solo exhibitions: Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Modern Art; Vienna Secession; Serpentine Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.