Doug Aitken: New Ocean

From the basement to the rooftop - an ambitious commission

Serpentine Gallery

12 Oct 2001 to 25 Nov 2001

Doug Aitken: New Ocean

The Serpentine Gallery commissioned Doug Aitken, the Los Angeles-based film and installation artist to produce a new work for the gallery.

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For New Ocean (2001) the Serpentine gave Aitken unprecedented access to the entire building, where he threaded a sequence of filmed images, sound and photographic works throughout the exhibition spaces and beyond to the lantern on the gallery’s roof.

For the first time, viewers began their visit in the basement of the Serpentine Gallery, emerging via stairs into the main galleries. Shot in fictional realities created for the work as well as locations such as the Arctic and Argentina, New Ocean created a new topography of a world in constant change.

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From the basement to the rooftop - an ambitious commission

Doug Aitken 2001

Doug Aitken

2001
Installation view from the exhibition Doug Aitken, Serpentine Gallery, London (12 October – 25 November 2001)
Doug Aitken 2001

Doug Aitken 2001

Doug Aitken

2001
Installation view from the exhibition Doug Aitken, Serpentine Gallery, London (12 October – 25 November 2001)