Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Doug Aitken

"Deep in the hills of the Brazilian rainforest, a new installation by Californian artist Doug Aitken is listening to the earth. In a hole a mile deep, highly sensitive microphones transform low-level noise and vibrations into audible sounds that are amplified in the glass-walled pavilion above. As the earth’s plates shift and groan, primal sounds from its core rise in a cacophony of harmonious melodies and sonic violence. Aitken’s pavilion taps into a profound sense of wonder with the Earth that over the centuries has inspired hundreds of writers to imagine strange beasts and underground layers in the hollows below our feet. “We think of the Earth as something stable now, and that it’s us and our lives that are changing and shifting,” says Aitken. "One of the things that was important to me was to make a work that would come to life. The notion that tomorrow you might have a radically different experience to the one you had the day before captures my imagination." More here

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