“What if the architecture became a black hole?” pondered artist Doug Aitken after he was invited to plan a permanent installation for a collector’s rural property in upstate New York. “What if the house became a place where time could speed up and slow down?”
For a little more than a year, Aitken shot video of the hills, meadows, and woods around the site—as well as a sunrise or two—while the house, by Brad Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works, was still in the design phase. He edited the scenes into a season-scrambling montage: a lingering shot of grasses in summer, a close-up of an autumn leaf, snow-covered branches, and so on in a long, continuous loop. Then he worked with the architect to project the work onto the completed house, wrapping its exterior.