“Doug Aitken”

Doug Aitken’s Electric Earth comes to South Korea

Seoul, 18 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Seoul’s Nam June Paik Art Center is currently presenting “Electric Earth”, a solo exhibition of works by American artist Doug Aitken, to be on display until 9 February 2014. The exhibition features the eponymous electric earth, a piece produced for the 1999 Venice Biennale, which acted as a prototype for Aitken’s later moving image art. The film’s protagonist – the last person on earth – moves through a “seamless patchwork” of desolate urban environments, subconsciously adopting the rhythms of each new setting. Doug Aitken won the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, which awards an artist with a solo exhibition at the South Korean institution. It is the first time that Aitken’s work has been exhibited in the country, with electric earth having toured galleries and museums across the world since its inauguration in Venice. Born in California, in 1968, Aitken is renowned for his multimedia practice, with his work frequently focusing on the points at which artistic fields — such as literature, art, or music...

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The Liverpool Biennial opens its doors

Liverpool, 18 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). The Liverpool Biennial opens its doors on 19 September 2012; according to the press release, the “greatest festival of contemporary art in the UK”. The artists list is intriguing, with many Americans. Doug Aitken, for instance, was commissioned a public installation in Albert Dock in a temporary space he designed with David Adjaye. Rhys Chatham, extraordinary guitar experimenter, will present a performance of 100 electric guitars inside the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral  during the opening ceremony. Last, the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset built a kind a VIP oversized gate guarded by a well-dressed bouncer. The 2012 Biennial, titled “The Unexpected Guest”, explores the issue of hospitality. 600.000 visitors are expected and the benefits for the region are estimated around 27 M...

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The Nam June Paik Art Center awards its 2012 prize

Yongin-si, 19 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Nam June Paik Art Center of Yongin-si in South Korea has awarded its 2012 prize to American Doug Aitken for his video work. He will be given a solo exhibition at the Paik Center in 2013 and will receive a $50,000 grant. His work was praised by the jury, composed of Ra-Young Hong, deputy director of the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Bart de Baere, director of the MuHKA (Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art) and Tae-Hi Kang, professor at the Korea National University of Arts. The jury commented on Aitken’s work: “its attitude and achievements can be characterized above all by an experimentalism that stretches the possibilities of media.” This prize, created in 2009, has also been awarded to artists such as Seung-Taek Lee, Eun-Me Ahn and Ceal...

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Luma Foundation presents ALTERED EARTH : Arles, city of moving images

Arles, 17 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Luma Foundation launched on 13 October its latest application ALTERED EARTH : Arles, city of moving images, created by artist Doug Aitken. It is in line of the development project of Parc des Ateliers d’ Arles, an experimental website dedicated to the production of art and ideas currently being developed with architect Frank Gehry. This application, which is free for the public to download, proposes a new artistic form which will allow extending space and landscape into a digital universe without boundaries. It will transfer virtual visitors within a surreal and fascinating trip to the Arles and Camargue regions. Browsing within films, graphic documents, texts, installations and music, this application will offer a new way to explore a place and defy the boundaries between people, nature and technology. This new medium of artistic creation will push traditional limits of art further, thanks to contemporary era innovations, especially in digital planning. The artistic expression in situ will create another dimension. Whilst museums, galleries and participants of the art market are becoming increasingly involved with the mobile applications sector, the contemporary creation itself is finding new mediums of expression, displayed on screens of smartphones or other digital...

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