Apr 20, 2018 | By Sarah Housley
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A beautiful multimedia commission by New York artist Doug Aitken explores a remote region in the South of France, digitally recreating its unique history and ever-evolving landscape through a series of large-scale, immersive films.
Described by Aitken as “land art for the electronic age,” Altered Earth: Arles, City of Moving Images explores the relationship between, man, technology, and nature.
Installed in the Grand Hall of the Parc des Aterliers in Southern France, the commission comprises giant cinematic screens that have been hung from the ceiling to appear as though they are hovering. Each screen projects its own ever-changing journey through the Arles region at random, providing the viewer with “an almost holographic view of the physical landscape.”
An app is also available for download, which enables users to further explore the area through literature and sound, and reconfigure the order of imagery and films to create an entirely new narrative for the project.
“It’s an open experience that will change every time and be unique for every viewer,” explains Aitken.
Altered Earth will run through November 20, 2012. – Samantha Fox
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