Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bill Viola in Conversation

Most amazing dude I have ever heard. He spoke for an hour an a half at ACMI about Japanese death poems, eternal love, why there is so much emphasis on the visual part of our world, and how post-modern art is like a piece of clothing with the price tag on. My favourite bit was when he talked about how in order for art to be pure and to come completely from within yourself you have to unconscious of what you are doing and forget everything.

Viola’s Fire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension can be experienced at St Carthage’s Church, The Raft is showing at ACMI and his work is also part of the Mortality exhibition at ACCA. Ocean Without a Shore is a permanent installation at NGV International.

Two Women, 2008
Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall
Performers: Pamela Blackwell and Weba Garretson
Photo: Kira Perov
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  1. Hey Bec,
    was nice to meet you last night. I really liked that Ocean Without a Shore piece, I watched it for a long time last I was at the NGV.

    I think I wrote down all my blog addresses completely wrong. (writing as frank) and (writing as LC)


  2. Thanks for that Lauren, I'll be sure to check them out. I think you left one out though ;)

  3. yeah, do you want to email me maybe? - I don't mix work with my personal blogs, so don't want them all linked on the same page if that makes sense?