Doug Aitken is partnering with British architect David Adjaye to design a pavilion for the Tate Liverpool this fall—one that looks suspiciously similar to Aitken's last museum project.
The artist is fresh off "SONG1," a successful spring architectural/video installation for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. For that show, Aitken projected a video onto the cylindrical surface of the donut-shaped, Gordon Bunshaft–designed Hirshhorn Museum, employing its entire 360-degree surface as a giant video screen. For the pavilion at the Tate Liverpool, Aitken is co-designing a cylindrical pavilion—and once again projecting video onto its surface.
Opening just four months after the end of "SONG1," Aitken's pavilion will be a temporary installation some 50 feet in diameter and 10 to 16 feet in height, according to a release. At night, Aitken will project interviews in which various cultural figures answer two questions: Where does the creative idea start, and how is it realized? Among the people interviewed for the project are artist Ryan Trecartin; filmmaker Jacques Herzog; architect Liz Diller, FAIA; photographer William Eggleston; and musician Jack White.
The creative idea for the Aitken/Adjaye pavilion seems to have started with "SONG1"—a video work based around various musicians, actors, and other figures performing the dreamy doo-wop ballad, "I Only Have Eyes for You." The musician Devendra Banhart, for example, appeared in "SONG1" and is named as a participant in the Tate Liverpool project, which is called "The Source." While in Washington, Aitken described "SONG1" as "liquid architecture." He describes "The Source" in terms of building and place, too.
"I want the installation at Tate Liverpool to be a destination: a place that one can go to and walk into this field of ideas," Aitken said in a release.
The Hirshhorn did not immediately respond for a request for comment.
Hirshhorn director Richard Koshalek originally invited Aitken to design a bookstore space being moved to the museum's basement. The conversation and project evolved over time, eventually resulting in "SONG1"—a distinctive project for both the museum and Aitken.
The inaugural public work in the Sky Arts Ignition series, Aitken's "The Source" will be a part of the Liverpool Biennial during its September 2012–January 2013 run.