Nam June Paik Art Center Prize Winner
Doug Aitken currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York, USA. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Since the 1997 Whitney Biennial in which he participated, Aitken showed his daedal and astounding works in his solo and group shows at museums throughout the world such as MoMA in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Serpentine Gallery in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has won many prestigious prizes: Golden Lion for the Best Artist of the international exhibition at the 1999 Venice Biennale for his Electric Earth; the Larry Aldrich Award (2000); the First Prize, the German Film Critics’ Award at KunstFilmBiennale in Germany (2007); the Aurora Award at Aurora Picture Show in Houston (2009).
Aitken has been producing large-scale open-air projects that utilize the outer walls of buildings since 2007. Sleepwalkers (2007), a large-scale projection project shown at MoMA in New York, turned the entire Manhattan area into an extended movie theater by using the exterior walls of the buildings queued in the streets of Manhattan including the building of MoMA. In 2009 he collaborated with INHOTIM in Brazil for the construction of a sonic pavilion in the midst of a forest in Brazil. From that time on, Aitken has been carrying out various projects in which video installation and performances are aggregated at diverse zones such as open-air spaces and barge as exemplified by his works such as Frontier and Black Mirror. In 2012 Aitken introduced his monumental work entitled ‘Song 1’ which consisted of the images projected through eleven high definition projectors onto the exterior of the cylindrical wall of the Hirshhorn Museum building in Washington with music played in the background.
Nam June Paik Art Center is pleased to announce Doug Aitken (b. 1968, USA) as the winner of the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize 2012. The jurors explained what made them choose the awardee, “The artistic attitude and achievements of Doug Aitken can be characterized by above all his artistic experimentalism that facilitate the infinite extension of the possibilities of mediums, which has been distinguishingly accomplished by his combining and integrating of a variety of mediums and his art-making mode to redefine the significances and roles of art by collaborating with people working in different fields. In keeping with the artistic heritage of Paik, Aitken has demonstrated his experimental attitude, devotion to cast a new creative light on mediums through collaboration, humuanistic utilization of technology, in-depth insights to media art and exploration into the diversification of performance.”
Stephanie Rosenthal (Chief Curator, Hayward Gallery, UK)
Tobias Berger (Curator, M+ Museum for Visual Arts and Culture, Hong Kong)
Sook-Kyung Lee (Curator, Tate Liverpool, UK)
Jee-Sook Baek (Director, Atelier Hermes)
Seong Hee Kim (Director, Festival Bo:m)
Tae-Hi Kang (Professor, Korea National University of Arts, Korea)
Ra-Young Hong (Deputy Director, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Korea)
Bart de Baere (Director, MuHKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium)
Ceremony and Artist Talk
20 July 2012
3pm Artist Talk, 5pm Ceremony
Seminar Room, Gallery 2, Nam June Paik Art Center