Doug Aitken is an American artist and filmmaker. Defying definitions of genre, he explores every medium, from film and installations to architectural interventions.
His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
He participated in the Whitney Biennial 1997 and 2000 and earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation “electric earth”. Aitken received the 2012 Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, and the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts (www.dougaitkenworkshop.com).
“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.”Lousiana Channel-Youtube.