In conjunction with the exhibition Bill Viola: Naissance à rebours, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art presents Bill Viola: The Eye of The Heart, a film by Mark Kidel.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Kidel, this is a definitive portrait of the world’s leading video artist. Since 1972 Viola has created critically acclaimed architectural video installations, sound environments, videotapes, electronic music performances and works for television broadcast. His evocative pieces focus on universal human experiences and are inspired by both western and eastern art as well as religion and mystical traditions.
Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart features the artist at work, rarely seen footage from his own archive and in-depth interviews with Viola himself. Filmmaker, Mark Kidel, of Calliope Media, was granted unprecedented access to Bill Viola and his personal archives in the process of making the documentary. Within the film Viola talks passionately about his life and the artistic influences that have driven his artwork from the beginning and made him one of the true pioneers of video-art. From his childhood memory of drowning, to the artistic exploration and political activism of his years at Syracuse University, and on to the shattering death of his mother, Viola talks candidly about the interplay of his life and work. As many of his works focus on emotions and the great universal experiences, the documentary highlights just how much Viola’s life and work are inextricably linked.
The film maker visits the Californian desert and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, famous for its frescoes by Giotto, with Viola to talk about his work and inspirations. In the process of the film Viola comments upon many of his major pieces including Room of St. John of the Cross, The Passing and Quintet of the Astonished.
Viola also talks about his working processes and the evolution of his ideas. He shows his project books. He discusses the underlying messages within his work and the things that drive him, commenting: “All my work has to do with self-awareness and the camera itself is an instrument that actually embodies self-awareness.”
A Calliope Media production in association with ARTE and BBC (2004)
The film will be presented in its original English version. Limited number of seats: first come, first seated.