The Sleepwalkers Box, 2012 - Doug Aitken

About the Work

About The Sleepwalkers Box

During the past decade, Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken has created innovative video art by fracturing the narrative structures of his films across multi-screen environments. In the spring of 2007, Doug Aitken: Sleepwalkers premiered as a monumental outdoor video projection ...

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During the past decade, Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken has created innovative video art by fracturing the narrative structures of his films across multi-screen environments. In the spring of 2007, Doug Aitken: Sleepwalkers premiered as a monumental outdoor video projection onto seven facades of the Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan. The silent story, told with exquisite imagery, chronicles the lives of five characters as they move through New York City. Sleepwalkers features a diverse cast of actors, including Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton as an office worker, Donald Sutherland as a businessman, musician Chan Marshall (known by the stage name Cat Power) as a postal worker, New York City street drummer Ryan Donowho as a bike messenger, and musician and actor Seu Jorge as an electrician.

The Sleepwalkers Box is Doug Aitken's groundbreaking multi-screen film reimagined as a tactile multimedia experience. In the spirit of multimedia editions of the past such as Andy Warhol's Index and the mid-sixties journal Aspen, The Sleepwalkers Box is designed to encourage audiences to create their own multisensory experiences as they explore a kaleidoscopic universe of printed images, motion pictures, and audio recordings drawn from Doug Aitken's groundbreaking 2007 Museum of Modern Art public film installation.

The Sleepwalkers Box is a collaboration between Doug Aitken, Princeton Architectural Press, and DFA Records.

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About the Artist

About Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken was born in California in 1968. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Widely known for his innovative fine art ...Read More
Doug Aitken was born in California in 1968. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Widely known for his innovative fine art installations, Doug Aitken is at the forefront of 21st century communication. Utilizing a wide array of media and artistic approaches, his eye leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts.

Aitken's body of work ranges from photography, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, and installations. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He participated in the Whitney Biennial 1997 and 2000 and earned the International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999 for the installation "electric earth".

Aitken's "Sleepwalkers" exhibition at MoMA in 2007 transformed an entire block of Manhattan into an expansive cinematic experience as he covered the museum's exteriors walls with projections. In 2009, his Sonic Pavilion opened to the public in the forested hills of Brazil at the new cultural foundation INHOTIM.

Continuing his work in innovative outdoor projects, Aitken presented his large-scale film and architecture installation, "Frontier", on Rome's Isola Tiberina in November 2009 and at Art Basel Unlimited in 2010. Recently, Aitken's multiform artwork "Black Mirror" engaged a site-specific multi-channel video installation and a live theatre performance on a uniquely designed barge floating off Athens and Hydra Island, Greece.Read Less

The Sleepwalkers Box, 2012

Doug Aitken

New Media
Size Price
12.50" x 12.50" $300
Edition of 1000

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Description

Box set containing: a 100-page diary, two flipbooks, CD, DVD, picture disc and double-sided poster relating to the artist's seminal Sleepwalkers project.

Authentication

Includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

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Additional Information

This artist's box is a limited edition of 1000 copies. An authentication card signed by Doug Aitken indicating the edition number is included along with: â?¢ A 23" x 36" double-sided poster with original artwork by Doug Aitken â?¢ A 12" vinyl picture disc contains unreleased tracks by Broadcast and a live recording of Doug Aitkenâ??s original opera the handle comes up, the hammer comes down â?¢ A 96-page visual diary of the making of the film including sketches, production photos, film stills, script fragments, and inspirational found images â?¢ Two flipbooks with motion sequences excerpted from the film and the filmâ??s projection of the MoMA facade â?¢ A triptych gatefold case contains a CD soundtrack that features the tracks on the picture disc plus tracks by Bibio, Ranphorynchus, Steve Roden, Tim Hecker, and Canyon Country; A DVD includes an edit of Sleepwalkers cut specifically for this box set and a street level walkthrough as installed at the MoMA in NYC

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