MAM Screen 001: Early Video Works by Bill Viola

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About "MAM Screen"

The development of video art, which first appeared in the 1960s, has progressed in leaps and bounds alongside innovations in video technology. As the number of video installations combining multiple media also grows, under the "MAM Screen" program single-channel video works from around the world will be screened daily over the period of the relevant exhibition, on a massive 280-inch screen. This program was re-launched as an initiative independent of the exhibition framework, to enable visitors to view works on video in concentrated fashion, and at their leisure.

MAM Screen 001: Early Video Works by Bill Viola

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. From early in his career, he used techniques peculiar to the medium of video including looping, slow motion 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 work of the leading figure in video art by presenting works from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
Included are important early works such as The Reflecting Pool (1977-79) and Anthem (1983) as well as Vegetable Memory (1978-80) which was recorded at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.

Works Screened
1. The Space between the teeth (1976) 9min. 10sec.
2. The Reflecting Pool (1977-79) 7min.
3. Ancient of Days (1979-81) 12min. 21sec.
4. Vegetable Memory (1978-80) 15min. 13sec.
5. Anthem (1983) 11min. 30sec.

Bill Viola
Ancient of Days
Videotape, transferred to digital video, color, stereo sound
12 min. 21 sec.
Courtesy: Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
Photo: Kira Perov

General Information

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

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* Saturday, April 25 open until 6:00 the following morning due to "Roppongi Art Night 2015."
* Tuesday of May 5 open until 22:00
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.

Admission: Adult: ¥1,800
University / Highschool student: ¥1,200
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student): ¥600
Senior (Age 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for "Simple forms," "MAM Collection," "MAM Research."
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck from April 29.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

Notice about "MAM Screen 001"

* The program is approximately 60 minutes long. Each screening starts half past every hour, with the last screening starts at 20:30. except Tuesdays (15:30)

Due to events, "MAM Screen 001" will be temporally suspended during the following time-frame;
Please note that events will be added.

17:30-21:30 Saturday, April 25  
10:30-17:30 Sunday, May 3  
17:30- Thursday, May 7  (last screening starts at 16:30)
17:30-20:30 Friday, May 15  
10:30-12:30 Thursday, May 28  
12:30-17:30 Saturday, June 13  
12:30-18:30 Saturday, June 20  
17:30- Friday, July 3  (last screening starts at 16:30)

Notice Regarding Photography in the Gallery

Photography is not permitted in the gallery of "MAM Screen 001: Early Video Works by Bill Viola" exhibition.