Doug Aitken – MIRROR at Seattle Art Museum
MIRROR is an urban earthwork. A downtown museum that changes in real time, responding to the activity
around it. A living kaleidoscope, it is a dynamic representation of the constantly changing environments that
make up Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
Hundreds of hours of footage, surfaces, locations and landscapes, reduced to their essence, create a
living museum exterior. The continual mapping of the landscape feeds into the building. Weather information,
pedestrian traffic, atmospheric conditions, and more trigger and direct the moving images in unexpected
Like choreography with no music, the images are left to define the composition and patterns today, tomorrow
and in to the future.