video in the round

Song 1 by Doug Aitken
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC

It’s kinda mesmerizing . . . To be outside surrounded by darkness, watching huge images flash before you on a massive concrete cylindrical building — explosions of color, ripples of water, dancing silhouettes, singing faces (including actress Tilda Swinton), whirring reel-to-reel tape machines, lit matches aligned like soldiers, hauntingly empty factories and more . . .

whilst listening to various renditions  of the smooth jazz standard,             “I Only Have Eyes for You.”

Mesmerizing in the same kind of way going to the drive in or watching fireworks was as a little kid. As for the art being good, bad, or something in between . . . you decide. Dusk ‘til midnight nightly through May.

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