MAM Screen 001: Early Video Works by Bill Viola

Period: Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, July 5, 2015
Curated by: Kondo Kenichi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Bill Viola (born 1951) is familiar to Japanese audiences, having lived here for a year and a half since 1980 and having been awarded the Praemium Imperiale in 2011. Early in his career, he used techniques peculiar to the medium of video including looping, fast forwarding and superimposing to pursue the kinds of expression only achievable with video, which is time-based. In this exhibition, we trace the origins of the leading figure in video art by presenting works from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, including important early works such as The Reflecting Pool (1977-79) and Anthem (1983) as well as Vegetable Memory (1978-80) which was shot at the Tsukiji fish market.

Bill Viola
Ancient of Days
1979-1981
Videotape, color, stereo sound
12 min. 21 sec.
Courtesy: Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
Photo: Kira Perov