Douglas Gordon (Scottish, b.1966) is a photographer and video and installation artist best known for using multiple video monitors to disrupt viewers’ perceptions. Born in Glasgow, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College, London. One of his early works, Meaning and Location (1990), presents a passage from the Gospel of Luke with commas in different places, subtly changing the meaning of the sentence. Throughout his work, Gordon explores how repetition and reflection affect memory. His most well-known work, the video projection 24 Hour Psycho (1993), slows down Alfred Hitchcock’s film to last for a day. For his sound installation, Something Between My Mouth and Your Ear (1994), Gordon played 30 songs that were popular during the months before his birth in a blue room. In a more recent work, Fog (2002), Gordon projects an image of Robert Wringhim, the protagonist in a 19th-century Scottish novel by James Hogg, so that he appears to be looking at himself and at his shadow.
Gordon’s photographs are often presented in series with slight variations between each photograph. He made a feature film called Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. Gordon won the Turner Prize in 1996, and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale the following year. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Galleries of Scotland, and the Tate Britain in London. He lives and works in New York.