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Reasons for knocking at an empty house : writings 1973-1994

Author: Bill Viola; Robert Violette
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press ; London : Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chosen to represent the United States at the 46th Venice Biennale, artist Bill Viola is recognized internationally for his work in video and sound installations. This book brings together a selection of essays, notebook entries, interviews, drawings and descriptions of projects that map Viola's personal course through the readings, observations, experiments, and associations that form the groundwork for his art.
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Named Person: Bill Viola; Bill Viola; Bill Viola; Bill Viola; Bill Viola; Bill Viola
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Viola; Robert Violette
ISBN: 0262720256 9780262720250
OCLC Number: 32274380
Description: 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Notes, 1979 --
Information, 1973 --
Bank Image Bank, 1974 --
Note, 1975 --
Red Tape, 1975 --
Drawings for sound installations, 1973 --
Il Vapore, 1975 --
Notes, 1979, 1976 --
He Weeps for You, 1976 --
Migration, 1976 --
Moving Stillness (Mt. Rainier), 1979 --
Street Music, 1976 --
The Space Between the Teeth, 1976 --
Note, 1979 --
Note, 1980 --
Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat), 1979 --
The Tree of Life, 1977 --
Note, 1977 --
The Porcupine and the Car --
Ancient of Days, 1979-81 --
Notes, 1980, 1981 --
Hatsu Yume (First Dream), 1981 --
Note, 1975 --
Note, 1984 --
Note, 1981 --
Vegetable Memory, 1978-80 --
Sight unseen : enlightened squirrels and fatal experiments --
Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House, 1983 --
Will there be condominiums in Data Space? --
Note, 1983 --
An Instrument of Simple Sensation, 1983 --
Room for St. John of the Cross, 1983 --
Anthem, 1983 --
History, 10 years, and the dreamtime --
Heaven and Hell, 1985 --
Note, 1986 --
I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like, 1986 --
Note, 1984 --
Statements, 1985 --
The sound of one line scanning --
Interpreting a broken wineglass --
Statement, 1989 --
Interview with Michael Nash, 1988 --
Notes, 1986, 1984, 1991 --
The Passing, 1991 --
Note, 1991 --
Video Black--the mortality of the image --
Statement, 1991 --
The Stopping Mind, 1992 --
The visionary landscape of perception --
Slowly Turning Narrative, 1992 --
Note, 1989 --
The body asleep, 1992 --
In response to questions from Jörg Zutter, 1992 --
Landscape as metaphor : in response to questions from Martin Friedman, 1993 --
Between how and why --
Pneuma, 1994 --
Déserts, 1994 --
Putting the whole back together : in conversation with Otto Neumaier and Alexander Pühringer, 1992 --
Chronology.
Other Titles: Writings 1973-1994
Responsibility: Bill Viola ; edited by Robert Violette in collaboration with the author ; introduction by Jean-Christophe Ammann.

Abstract:

Chosen to represent the United States at the 46th Venice Biennale, artist Bill Viola is recognized internationally for his work in video and sound installations. This book brings together a selection of essays, notebook entries, interviews, drawings and descriptions of projects that map Viola's personal course through the readings, observations, experiments, and associations that form the groundwork for his art. Each work illustrated is accompanied by a description by the artist as well as comments on the work's origins from the artist's notebooks.

For the last 25 years, Viola has used innovative multimedia technologies to explore the phenomenon of sense perception as a language of the body and avenue to self-knowledge, integrating many disciplines and philosophies to reveal contemporary art's relevance to the modern world. His views have deep roots in mysticism, poetry, philosophy, Eastern art, shamanism, Chinese Taoism, Sufism, and Zen Buddhism. One of Viola's chief concerns today is to focus on the connection between our inner and outer lives, on the conception of the self as part of the whole.

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