Monday, April 11, 2011

Bill Viola

        Born in New York in 1951, Viola has used to video art since 1970 to show particular messages in them. He does not like to use overt effects in his videos because he believes there to be more of a meaning. Since the 1980s, Viola has popularly known for museum installations like galleries turned into media environments with video projections, sound and, physical objects. He has also been a musician and audio/video engineer. Viola uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on the basis of human experiences; birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness. They all have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism.
                   I find this imensely courageous of him to make these videos with an enlightened theory on how to convey a message. I agree that it would be true if a video has too much special affects going on than the audience will definately be distracted getting lost in its original meaning from the author perspective. Viola takes the cake with the piece about because he incorporates a since of nature that also has depth behind it. He sets the stage for artist which want to take a different approach in video art or even film making. Thus, perspectives are more clear and drawn out even if blunt the audience follows.

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