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Doug Aitken: Song 1

  • A mesmerizing video of the recent outdoor installation at Hirshhorn Museum

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    With Song 1, New York artist Doug Aitken transformed the drab concrete exterior of Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. into a panoramic canvas for a mesmerizing audio-visual spectacle. The site-specific installation, which ran until May 20, featured 11 high-def video projectors working in tandem to blanket the building’s entire surface with video.

    The song in question is the 1934 standard ""I Only Have Eyes For You," here covered by an array of acts that included Beck, No Age and High Places. Aitken chose the tune because it was a song, he said, that "is almost embedded in our DNA." 

    This short clip offers a brief glimpse of what must have been an amazing work to see in real life.

    You can watch a video of the entire "Happening" on YouTube.


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