Sound and Light
05.22.12 / Arthur Cohen, FAIA, LEED AP
I attended the 2012 AIA Convention in Washington, DC this past weekend and during Steven Holl’s acceptance speech for the AIA Gold Medal Award he made note of a multimedia art installation that he had seen the previous night at the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum.
I was motivated to see it firsthand so I looked it up on YouTube and was impressed. Entitled Song 1, the artist - Doug Aitken – combined the cylindrical façade of the Hirshhorn Museum as the screen for his multimedia spectacular video projection. Aitken successfully interprets a song with a collage of videos which complement the architectural curve of the building’s exterior façade.
The project can be interpreted in numerous ways depending on the time of day it is viewed. The installation, which occurred each evening from sunset to midnight, came to an end this week but can be viewed on YouTube. I highly recommend taking a moment to watch it. Click on the image link below to view and hear the artist’s description of the work: