After almost of month of hearing about something innovative in the usually conservative Washington, I decided to visit the latest addition at the Hirshhorn Museum. Using 11 high-defination projectors mounted around the exterior of the building, Doug Aitken transformed the Hirshhorn Museum, in Washington, DC into the star of the National Mall with the exhibition of Song 1, a one-of-a-kind 360° projection that the artist defines as “liquid architecture.”
The originality of this project was evident from the first moment I approached the periphery of the museum. In the midst of the night sky, the faint street lamps, the light traffic on Constitution and Independence Avenues, you hear a soothing version of The Flamingoes’ 60s classic “I only have eyes for you.” And then you look up at the circular structure where what seems as haphazard scenes of various people at work (at a factory, a bakery, a restaurant, etc) are being projected. What makes it even more special is the fact that the people shown in the projection take turns interpreting the same song in their own individual ways.
And as I prepared to walk away, I was once again pulled in with another loop of the continuing presentation . . . .
Song 1 runs until May 13 outside the Hirshhorn Museum, so hurry up if you are in the Washington area.