Doug Aitken


Born 1968 in Redondo Beach, California (USA); 1986-1987 studied at Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA; 1987-1991 studied at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Aitken lives and works in Los Angeles (USA). Aitken belongs to a generation of artist that enriched the presentation of the medium of video. Operating in a realm between popular culture and media art, his works reveal a wealth of audiovisual intensities and suggestive powers, and with complex imagery and associations consistently approach philosophical questions addressing nature and civilization as well as people and their relationship to time and space. Obsessed with the idea of present time, Aitken refers to his films and installations as being pure communication. In the process, he utilizes the vocabulary of Hollywood and advertising films. Alongside his freelance activities as artist and photographer, Doug Aitken is also known for his video clips, completed for artists such as Iggy Pop and Fatboy Slim. (Source:

2012 Was awarded the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize
2007 Won first prize at the “KunstFilmBiennale” in Cologne
2000 Received the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award
1999 Received the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale for “Electric Earth”
1991 BFA in Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena
1987 - 1991 Student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (firstly of
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1986 - 1987 Student at Marymount College in Palos Verdes / Education
1968 Born in Redondo Beach in California / Education
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