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Doug Aitken: New Era — Internationally recognised American artist, presented in the 2021/2022 Sydney International Art Series at MCA

Doug Aitken: New Era at MCA Sydney

Internationally recognised American artist, presented in the 2021/2022 Sydney International Art Series

SONG 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), as part of the Doug Aitken: New Era exhibition

“He aims to disrupt familiar art-viewing patterns and jar viewers awake, narrowing the gap between them and the art.”

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“My MCA survey uses many mediums. It’s open and expansive, the kind of project I want the viewer to be immersed in. I see it as an exhibition that’s specific to Sydney and the harbour – but, once inside, it could be everywhere and anywhere. You could really fall into the works, get lost in them…”
Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken, SONG 1, 2012/2015

Doug AitkenSONG 1, 2012/2015,…

About the exhibition

Plunge into the world of American artist Doug Aitken this summer. In this Sydney-exclusive exhibition, see installations, objects, photographs, and vast immersive multi-screen environments that will envelop you within a kaleidoscope of moving imagery and sound.

Using light, reflection and multiplication, Aitken mesmerises visitors. His works lead us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts.

Don’t miss exhibition highlights, including Sonic Fountain II (2013/2015), a large-scale sound installation built into a rocky, earthen terrain situated within the gallery. An immersive video installation inspired by the history of mobile phone technology and its pioneer, the American engineer Martin Cooper, NEW ERA (2018) reflects on the power of communications technology as it unites and dislocates us.

NEW ERA (2018) reflects on the power of communications technology as it unites and dislocates us.

About Doug Aitken

American artist Doug Aitken (b. 1968) is internationally recognised for his ambitious practice that incorporates objects, installations, photographs and vast, multi-screen environments that envelop viewers within a kaleidoscope of moving imagery and sound.

Based in Los Angeles, Aitken has realised museum projects around the world as well as monumental interventions within the natural landscape and, most recently, below the ocean’s surface. Defying definitions of genre, he explores a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts.

Aitken’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Secession; the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

In 1999 he received the International Prize at the Venice Biennale for the installation electric earth. In 2012 he was awarded the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize, and in 2016 the Americans for the Arts National Arts Award: Outstanding Contributions to the Arts. In 2017 he was the inaugural recipient of the Frontier Art Prize.

Ticket prices

Adult $28
Concession $22
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $60
Youth (ages 13–18) $12
Children (12 and under) Free
MCA Members Free

NSW Dine and Discover vouchers accepted onsite only.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

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The Rocks
Sydney NSW 2000

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