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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Doug Aitken takes the scenic route across Massachusetts with mirrored hot air balloon Related Press Doug Aitken takes the scenic route across Massachusetts with mirrored hot air balloon Wallpaper* : 18 July 2019

For two weeks in July, a mirrored sphere is taking flight above the eastern US coastline and western Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. Reflecting back the sun, clouds, and natural surroundings, the nomadic piece of public art is Doug Aitken's response to many of the most beautiful places in Massachusetts protected by The Trustees of...

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Fluxus in the air: Doug Aitken's hot air balloon sails above Massachusetts Related Press Fluxus in the air: Doug Aitken's hot air balloon sails above Massachusetts The Art Newspaper : 11 July 2019

The project, called New Horizon, lifts off on 12 July at Long Point beach on Martha's Vineyard. Over the following 16 days, it will alight at the Farm Institute in Edgartown, the Holmes Reservation in Plymouth, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, the Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, the Naumkeag in Stockbridge and the...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 ARTnews : 7 June 2019

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood Related Press Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood Boston Globe : 16 May 2019

You can think of New Horizon, his mobile project to be presented in July by the Trustees—the recently streamlined moniker of the Trustees of Reservations—as something of a remedy. It’s a mirror-sheen hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts. Wherever it touches down, it becomes the...

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Review: Doug Aitken at Faurschou Foundation Beijing Related Press Review: Doug Aitken at Faurschou Foundation Beijing Ran Dian : 2 May 2019

Internet and smart phone technologies have led to sweeping change in society in our lifetime, forcing us to wrestle with new modes of thinking about and experiencing time, space, and speed, whereby our intellectual and emotional responses to past, present, and future are constantly shifting. Questions of who we are as social beings and what kind of...

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In the Swiss Alps, a Biennial Celebrates the Luxurious Part of the Art World Related Press In the Swiss Alps, a Biennial Celebrates the Luxurious Part of the Art World Hyperallergic : 18 February 2019

GSTAAD, Switzerland — Why travel to the Swiss Alps, if not for the benefits of breathing some rareified air? Elevation 1049 is a biennial now in its third iteration, produced by the Luma Foundation, and seeks to gather art world glitterati in the mountain town of Gstaad for a singular art festival experience — this year around the theme...

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Doug Aitken: Nomad Art Related Press Doug Aitken: Nomad Art Elephant : 5 July 2018

We meet at Doug Aitken's studio in Venice, California, a family home that has the trappings of that slow, laidback, always-sunny, gate-and-garden kind of modern California life, but the manic energy of a studio where multiple projects are coming together at once. I would call him a multimedia artist, but I'd rather have Aitken do the name-calling...

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'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' Related Press 'The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times' Art Agenda : 10 July 2017

The inaugural ARoS Triennial, The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times, opened in Aarhus, 2017's European Capital of Culture, on the morning that Donald Trump stood in the White House garden and announced his plans to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. ARoS's director, Erlend Høyersten, promises that this exhibition 'will thematize...

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A Mirrored House By Doug Aitken Reflects California's Desert Beauty and Solitude Related Press A Mirrored House By Doug Aitken Reflects California's Desert Beauty and Solitude Creators : 6 April 2017

Doug Aitken is an artist known for stretching the terms 'site-specific' and 'land art' to their fullest. He's made his name as one of the US's most prolific artists by submerging sculptures into the Pacific Ocean, sending a train across the country to display original art by several interdisciplinary artists, and drilling a hole 700-feet into the...

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Confronting the landscape: Doug Aitken’s 'Mirage' in the California desert Related Press Confronting the landscape: Doug Aitken’s 'Mirage' in the California desert The Art Newspaper : 1 March 2017

Mirage, a new work by the artist Doug Aitken, has popped up in the California desert. The work, a facsimile of a suburban ranch-style house with mirrored surfaces, is part of the exhibition of site-specific works, Desert X, founded by Susan Davis and curated by artistic director Neville Wakefield.

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10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 Related Press 10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 The New York Times : 26 January 2017

Redwood City, CaliforniaA benevolent pirate ship is about to settle in Redwood City, thanks to the curator Lance Fung. Instead of looters, the artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s large-scale boat installation (with the word 'IMAGINE' nearby) will bring a new emphasis on public art to the area. Fung — who is best known for curating a show of...

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Pacific pavilions: Doug Aitken and Parley for the Oceans take art under the waves Related Press Pacific pavilions: Doug Aitken and Parley for the Oceans take art under the waves Wallpaper* : 19 December 2016

Clad in wetsuits and flippers, a line of art enthusiasts waddle their way along the shore of California's Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles from Los Angeles, before easing themselves into the turquoise waters. Their destination is Californian artist Doug Aitken's latest work, a series of three geometric pavilions hidden from view below the ocean's...

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Explore a giant underwater installation off the California Coast Related Press Explore a giant underwater installation off the California Coast Wired : 9 December 2016

Catalina Island is just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, but it feels much farther. As our boat pulls into the small harbor, past people fishing on the pier, nearly every first-time visitor proclaims that it looks like a Greek island, or the south of France.But I’m not here for the quaint old fashioned harbor, I’m here for a...

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Move over, Neptune. Doug Aitken has another big idea Related Press Move over, Neptune. Doug Aitken has another big idea The New York Times : 21 November 2016

At first, the fish avoided the intruder. A couple of beefy sheepshead hid in the kelp near the shore. The electric orange Garibaldi swam in the other direction. A small school of blacksmith darted away.After a year in development and a month of delays, the first of three swim-in, swim-out pavilions by the artist Doug Aitken had just been...

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Doug Aitken: 'Electric Earth' at MOCA, Los Angeles Related Press Doug Aitken: 'Electric Earth' at MOCA, Los Angeles Juxtapoz Magazine : 11 November 2016

For more than 20 years, Doug Aitken has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. His multichannel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings, and architectural works demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing, image-based contemporary condition.

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'Protest:' visual autonomy Related Press 'Protest:' visual autonomy Aesthetica Magazine : 27 October 2016

Victoria Miro stages a group exhibition by artists concerned with socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the language of protest as a means to explore its potency. Inspired by Alice Neel’s 1936 painting Nazis Murder Jews, the exhibition draws together new...

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Inside the eye-popping labyrinth of 'Doug Aitken: Electric Earth' Related Press Inside the eye-popping labyrinth of 'Doug Aitken: Electric Earth' The Creators Project : 30 September 2016

A sense of place can’t help but spring from the multidisciplinary work of artist Doug Aitken. Via video installations, sculpture, photography, and architectural design, the California native puts surroundings on equal footing with his subjects—if a location doesn’t feature as the subject itself. From manning a cross-country train...

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Power to… the art of protest Related Press Power to… the art of protest The Guardian : 27 September 2016

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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'Electric Earth': Doug Aitken on his mid-career survey at MOCA Related Press 'Electric Earth': Doug Aitken on his mid-career survey at MOCA Wallpaper* : 22 September 2016

Photography, sculpture, film, collage, sound, or simply immersive, perception-altering installation. Over the past two decades one could easily define Doug Aitken by any of those mediums, but in the context of 'Electric Earth', his first mid-career survey in North America at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, it’s...

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Power to... the art of protest Related Press Power to... the art of protest The Guardian : 19 September 2016

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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Doug Aitken plans underwater art installation Related Press Doug Aitken plans underwater art installation The New York Times : 8 September 2016

LOS ANGELES — In planning his hometown survey, which opens on Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art here, Doug Aitken decided early on that he also wanted to develop a separate site-specific art project to reach beyond museum walls. But instead of going into the desert to find a site, as so many West Coast artists have done, he went the...

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Experience now: A conversation with Doug Aitken Related Press Experience now: A conversation with Doug Aitken The Creators Project : 18 July 2016

Inspired by movement, by the ebb and flow of human history, but perhaps most of all the here and now—like, right now—Doug Aitken is the kind of artist whose goal is to shake things up. Less in the sense of the provocateur (though his work, in terms of scale alone, is avant-garde), than in the tradition of radical purists like Werner...

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Doug Aitken goes West Related Press Doug Aitken goes West Interview Magazine : 29 January 2016

Station to Station, the latest project from American filmmaker and artist Doug Aitken, might be nearly the length of a feature film, but each of the 62 minutes is a separate segment. Together, the compilation one-minute clips tell the story of a journey from New York City to San Francisco. Traveling on a train-turned-kinetic light sculpture and...

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Next stop ACMI for Station to Station, Doug Aitken's rolling ark for creativity Related Press Next stop ACMI for Station to Station, Doug Aitken's rolling ark for creativity The Sydney Morning Herald : 12 November 2015

Doug Aitken has painfully hip friends. When the LA-based artist got the idea for a train going coast to coast as a rolling ark for creativity, the artists who signed up included Ed Ruscha​, Olafur Eliasson​ and Kenneth Anger, and the musicians included Beck, Patti Smith and Ariel Pink.The project – a vintage train covered in pulsating LED...

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Doug Aitken’s New Project: A Film Made of Instagram Clips Related Press Doug Aitken’s New Project: A Film Made of Instagram Clips Wired Magazine : 17 July 2015

Station to Station is back, and this time it’s in a museum. More than 150 artists are setting up shop in London’s Barbican Centre through July 27 for what Aitken calls a 30-day happening and what Barbican curator Leila Hasham calls a “living exhibition.” The “exhibition” will see artist Ed Ruscha cook cactus...

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Rolling thunder: Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station' arrives at the Barbican Related Press Rolling thunder: Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station' arrives at the Barbican Wallpaper : 4 July 2015

Taking residence throughout the Barbican's brutalist warren for the next month, the American artist and film-maker Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station: a 30 day happening' is a multifaceted arts event best described as a 'living exhibition' and an 'experiment in spontaneous artistic creation'.Sounds nebulous? It is...

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Ed Ruscha’s Recipe for a Cactus Omelet Related Press Ed Ruscha’s Recipe for a Cactus Omelet T Magazine : 30 June 2015

Desert life has always been on the periphery of Ed Ruscha’s work. In 1980, the artist constructed a fake resin boulder, dubbed “Rocky II,” which he hid in the Mojave Desert, the hunt for which is the subject of an upcoming feature film by Pierre Bismuth. In that same arid vein comes Ruscha’s latest, and equally unorthodox,...

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Why Doug Aitken is a man on a mission Related Press Why Doug Aitken is a man on a mission The Guardian : 26 June 2015

I am standing in a crowded gallery in London, looking up at a sculpture on the wall. It is a simple enough piece, three ostentatiously large 3D letters made from bluish glass, but the word they spell out – NOW – seems to drown out everything in the vicinity. The pretentious chatter, air kisses and clink of prosecco glasses are all...

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