Doug Aitken Interview: The Sculpture as a Flux


Watch American multimedia artist Doug Aitken talk about his mesmerizing, glowing phone booth-piece ‘Twilight’ – a “living sculpture,” which creates “a synthesis between work and viewer.”

“I was interested in draining its texture, colour and life and just exploring the single essence – this pulsing of information; this speed of light that’s moving through it.” Aitken wanted to create a living system from a sculpture. The traditional public payphone – a ‘dead’ object – is thus turned upside down and made into an almost bodily work that represents “a sense of dialogue and connection.”

Doug Aitken (b. 1968) is an American artist and filmmaker, who explores every medium from film and installations to architectural inventions. Aitken’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, such as at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art and MoMA in New York, Serpentine Gallery in London and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He is the recipient of prestigious awards such as the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation ‘Electric Earth’ and the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts. For more Aitken and his work see: http://www.dougaitkenworkshop.com/

Doug Aitken was interviewed by Christian Lund at Peder Lund Gallery in Oslo, Norway in January 2016 in connection to his exhibition ‘Twilight’.

Produced by: Christian Lund
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016

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