Earlier this month, visitors to PS1 in Queens could find a particularly immersive multimedia experience in the white geodesic “performance dome” currently occupying the museum’s courtyard. Inside, four large video projections circled the dome around a central DJ stand and drum kit. Around that stood the audience, who soon found themselves lying on the ground for a better view of the imagery overhead. Video footage of Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Tilda Swinton, as well as three other “city sleepwalkers” were interspersed with graphic black and white shots of growing skyscrapers, whirling around the dome.
This mesmerizing display marked the release of Sleepwalkers Box, an experimental multimedia publication from the artist Doug Aitken, DFA Records, and Princeton Architectural Press. Based on Aitken’s 2007 film installation at the Museum of Modern Art, the box includes a CD and a limited-edition vinyl picture disc; original artwork by Aitken on a full-color, two-sided poster; a DVD and book on the original MoMA installation; and more. It encourages you to create your own multisensory experience as you explore its printed images, motion pictures, and audio recordings. (more…)