Artist Doug Aitken’s latest project, Song 1, involves 11 high-definition projectors covering all 360 degrees of the shell of Washington, D.C.’s Hirschhorn Museum with moving images for the better part of a month. It’s pretty bad ass.
But tomorrow night, something that’s even more impressive will take place. Aitken is hosting one of his “Happening” events, featuring live music—all based around the old standby “I Only Have Eyes For You”—from the likes of No Age, High Places, members of Animal Collective and more. The event will be live in D.C. and will stream live for the rest of the world here.
To get you ready, Daniel Lopatin, of Ford & Lopatin and Oneohtrix Point Never, has posted to SoundCloud Oneohtrix’s weird, spacey version of the song—which Pitchfork already named Best New Track.
For a song that Aitken told Wired is “almost embedded in our DNA,” Lopatin’s rendition is almost unrecognizable, but that’s definitely not a bad thing. It’s artsy and offbeat and exactly what what watching Aitken’s dreamy, strange art stream across the curved face of a national museum should sound like. Check it out below.
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