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 re-imagined 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 an experimental collaboration between artist Doug Aitken, Princeton Architectural Press, and DFA Records. 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:
- A 23 x 36 in double-sided poster with original artwork by Doug Aitken
- A 12" vinyl picture disc containing unreleased tracks by Broadcast and a live recording of Doug Aitken's original opera the handle comes up, the hammer comes down
- A 96-page visual diary of the making of the film that includes sketches, production photos, film stills, script fragments, and collections of found inspirational images.
- Two flipbooks with motion sequences excerpted from the film and the film's projection of the MoMA facade
- A triptych gatefold case with a CD soundtrack that features the tracks on the picture disc plus tracks by Bibio, Ranphorynchus, Steve Roden, Tim Hecker, and Canyon Country; and a DVD that includes an edit of Sleepwalkers cut specifically for this box set and a street level walkthrough as installed at the MoMA in New York City
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Doug Aitken (b. California, 1968) lives and works in Los Angeles and New York) is widely known for his innovative and thought-provoking practice, which includes film and video, sculpture, photography, sound, installation, and architectural intervention. Utilizing a wide array of media and artistic approaches, his work leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts.
Aitken's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions around the world, at 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. Song 1, Aitken's public film installation on the façade of The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. is set to premiere on March 22, 2012 and will become part of the museum's permanent collection.
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"Taking cues from art world icons like Andy Warhol and the '60s publication Aspen, the Sleepwalkers Box is a trippy mishmash of print, audio, and film-kind of like the coolest mystery gift ever. Find out more about the Box here...because when it comes to art, it's impossible to have too much of a good thing."
"As elegantly packaged as an Apple product, whose components amount to a full sensory experience. With the Sleepwalkers box, somnambulism is exciting all over again."
"For fans of Aitken, the 1,000 numbered box setswhich cover the video project, music and stillsbring a new life to his ambitious project, providing insight into the process behind the work. As with all publications from Princeton Architectural Press, the box and components are meticulously bound to create a visually striking collection. All told, the collection marks a testament to the artist's prolific range and talent across mediums."
"An ultra-covetable multimedia remix... Part deluxe commemorative edition, part DIY-spirited artists book, the Sleepwalkers box is a bold collaboration between Aitken, the Princeton Architectural Press, and DFA Records."
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