Bill Viola. The Eye of the Heart

Mark Kidel, UK, 2003, 59’, E (without subtitles)

In this first documentary authorised by the artist, Bill Viola looks back at his career and talks about his artistic ideas. His statements are skilfully interwoven with numerous excerpts from pieces produced between 1973 and 2002. Working with video installations often marked by great complexity, Viola achieved particular renown for his transfer of renderings of emotions from the art of the early modern period into our present age. Two works from the collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation are presented in the film, Catherine’s Room (2001) and Five Angels for the Millenium (2001) – the latter of which is shown during the exhibition FUTURE PRESENT in a room especially set up for this purpose.

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