Los Angeles

Doug Aitken

Regen Projects

What if you crossed a nonlinear, multiscreen video installation with a hall of mirrors? An unlikely question, perhaps, but one to which Doug Aitken’s the moment, 2005, provides an answer. The centerpiece of Aitken’s first hometown solo show, the work also reflects his rewarding tendency to engage the formal and metaphorical possibilities of presentation and context as he does the particulars of sound, imagery, and editing. This broad-based curiosity dovetails with other questions: How might one make a work that appears simultaneously linear and nonlinear, imbued with feelings of being whole and fragmented, connected and isolated?

In the moment, Aitken dangles his responses in front of us on eleven large plasma-screen monitors, arranged in an S-curve that here diagonally bisected a darkened room. The screens hang from the ceiling at chest height, thereby fusing retinal experience with bodily

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