Video art projects
His video installations are total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound. He uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences — birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness — and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism.
Bill Viola (born 1951) is a contemporary video artist whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media. His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness.
Bill Viola Hon RA
Viola’s video installations – total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound – employ 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.
Bill Viola, “the most famous video artist in the world”
There will be 12 video installations by Viola, dating from 1977 to 2013, which will be shown alongside 15 works by Michelangelo including the RA’s Taddei Tondo, the only example of the artist’s marble sculpture in the UK. It will be shown alongside Viola’s The Messenger (1996), which uses water as a metaphor for the cycle of birth, life and death.
Bill Viola at La Nave Salinas, Ibiza
Video installation; In a small alcove, a wood column extends from the floor and ceiling, with a gap in the center formed by two exposed monitors facing each other two inches apart, mounted to upper and lower columns respectively, a black-and-white video image on each monitor
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7thSense has supplied Delta™ Media Server to art installations in St Pauls Cathedral and Hanover Square in London, designed to showcase the work of internationally acclaimed artist, Bill Viola, the London-based installations use a range of new media to create art that focusses on the concepts behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and consciousness.
This unique exploration of technological systems to articulate transcendent perceptions reflects a convergence of eclectic influences: musical principles; the philosophies and rituals of non-Western cultures; Judeo-Christian mysticism; modernism and Romanticism; the natural and animal worlds; structuralist film; and the television and media world of his self-described "seven-channel childhood."
Transcendence and Transformation: Q+A with Bill Viola
Bill Viola is the leading artist for enacting transcendent spiritual experience through his video images that break the borderline of still photos and moving pictures. For over 40 years, Viola has been vital in establishing video as a crucial contemporary art form while expanding its scope in terms of content, style, technology and historical reference. With his interests in Eastern and Western art and spiritual traditions—Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism and Christian mysticism—Viola’s work focuses on the life cycle and sensory perception.