Bill Viola Collected Works [DVD]
This collection contains four acclaimed videos from Bill Viola, a major figure in the world of video art.
Collected Works, Allegories in the Language of Subjective Perception include
The Reflecting Pool
Ancient of Days
Chott-El-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat)
Compounded of many resonances, each level of meaning interwoven with myriad others, these exquisite 'visual songs' give us the elegant music of the poet's voice.
Bill Viola (b.1951) is internationally recognized as one of todays leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. For over 35 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. Violas video installationstotal environments that envelop the viewer in image and soundemploy state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. They are shown in museums and galleries worldwide and are found in many distinguished collections. His single channel videotapes have been widely broadcast and presented cinematically, while his writings have been extensively published, and translated for international readers. Viola uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiencesbirth, death, the unfolding of consciousnessand have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. Using the inner language of subjective thoughts and collective memories, his videos communicate to a wide audience, allowing viewers to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way.
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