Exhibition of the Week

Altered Earth: Dough Aitken's vast video installation in Arles.

New Statesman
An interior view of Doug Aitken's Altered Earth (PHOTO: Robert Leslie)

Altered Earth by Doug Aitken is a vast video work on show at the Parc des Ateliers in Arles. The work consists of 12 swimming-pool sized screen simultaneously showing the Californian artist’s homage to the nearby Camargue countryside.

The effect is an immersive, almost holographic voyage through the eerie, time-warped southern French region with its muddy, marshy plains, white horses and mounted gardians – beauty shot through with danger. To open it, the minimalist musician Terry Riley accompanied the film with an original, hypnotic piece.

Until 20 November.

 

(An exhibition view. © Doug Aitken Workshop and LUMA Foundation, 2012)

(An exhibition view. © Doug Aitken Workshop and LUMA Foundation, 2012)

(An exhibition view. © Doug Aitken Workshop and LUMA Foundation, 2012)

(An exhibition view. © Doug Aitken Workshop and LUMA Foundation, 2012)

(An exhibition view. © Doug Aitken Workshop and LUMA Foundation, 2012)

(A video still from the Altered Earth installation. © Doug Aitken Workshop and LUMA Foundation, 2012)

(A video still from the Altered Earth installation. © Doug Aitken Workshop and LUMA Foundation, 2012)