Doug Aitken (American, b.1968) is a photographer who has worked in several different media, often overlapping and blurring the boundaries between each medium. Born in Redondo Beach, CA, Aitken now lives and works in Los Angeles. He began creating installations in the 1990s, using numerous screens, video feeds, and sounds so that viewers become immersed in an environment that fuses time and space, internal and external, and body and mind. His work has been exhibited worldwide in major institutions including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1999 Aitken was awarded the International Prize at the Venice Biennale for his eight-screen installation Electric Earth. Aitken’s most recent undertaking is his Sonic Pavilion at the Inhotim Cultural Institute in Brazil, consisting of a mile-deep hole in the earth with built-in speakers that record and amplify the sounds of the earth for viewers listening above. This recent project exemplifies the ways in which his works question how aware viewers are of their surroundings, in an attempt to open up dialogues between viewers, artists, and the spaces they inhabit.