American entropy: Doug Aitken's blow debris

Douglas, Amelia (2005) American entropy: Doug Aitken's blow debris. EMAJ: Electronic Melbourne Art Journal, 1 1: 1.1-1.14.

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Author Douglas, Amelia
Title American entropy: Doug Aitken's blow debris
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American entropy: Doug Aitken's blow debris
Journal name EMAJ: Electronic Melbourne Art Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-6656
Publication date 2005
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 1.1
End page 1.14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Fine Arts Network
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article seeks to revive the links between practice and placement in the work of Californian video artist Doug Aitken, with particular reference to his 2001 video installation Blow Debris. Despite the artist’s self confessed (and possibly strategic) disinterest in “illustrating or making a statement about a specific place”, I argue that Blow Debris emerges from specifically American archetypes of land, movement and national identity. This contention is a departure from the predominant analyses of Doug Aitken’s work. Existing literature focuses on his supposed exploration of a global landscape, a realm of accelerated technological flows and perpetual motion. By pinpointing Aitken’s reconstruction of place rather than globalised space, Blow Debris may be situated within a longstanding tradition of American landscape art in which entropy acts as the primary determinant for national consciousness...
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