Photos © Frederick Charles, fcharles.com
Doug Aitken brings his startling audiovisual and architectural vision to the iconic Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington with the groundbreaking SONG 1. As night draws in over the next two months, the cylindrical museum building will become a unique 360-degree public cinema screen with accompanying soundtrack based around numerous versions of one song, "I Only Have Eyes for You". Beck, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Devendra Banhart, No Age and Lucky Dragon have all recorded cover versions. Tilda Swinton and Jon Doe from LA punk band X are also among those drifting into the projections.
As the work transforms the entire round exterior of the Hirshhorn, each visitor will always have a unique viewing and listening experience and must orbit the building to take in different parts of the audiovisual panorama. In form and content, the piece explores the fluidity of contemporary life and fragmentation of time, space and memory in spectacular fashion.
Aitken has previously shown breathtaking work at MoMA, Serpentine Gallery, Centre Georges Pompidou, Art Basel, in forested hills in Brazil and on a barge off Athens and Hydra Island in Greece. SONG 1 is another transgressive work in a series of stunning contemporary architectural interventions.
22nd March - 13th May 2012, nightly from sunset to midnight at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Text by Thanh Ma