Publisher Note

This title is published alongside the exhibition at SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (9 July – 27 September 2015).

Civilization raises hopes – civilization is terrifying. These feelings are palpable in the inimitable works of art by the American artist Doug Aitken. His spectacular film and sound works take visitors on a synaesthetic journey around the world and into themselves – in an irresistible maelstrom of expressive images and rhythmic landscapes.

With four expansive film installations and correlating sculptures as well as a site-specific sound installation, the exhibition presented an overview of the internationally renowned artist’s heterogeneous oeuvre throughout the entire exhibition area of the SCHIRN – and beyond.
Aitken’s kaleidoscopic universe revolves around life’s existential questions, yet it does not supply any simple answers. Instead, the artist lends expression to an almost naïve fascination with being human and people’s sense of collectivity and cooperation.

Release Place Frankfurt, Germany
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2015
Writer: Various Writers
Artist: Doug Aitken
ISBN-13: 9783903004184
Language English, German
Format Hardcover
Dimensions 24.3 × 32.8 cm
Pages 200