Thursday, October 13, 2011
Spirit and Medium
This article is interesting because it comments on the challenges of visual art between and work and the viewer. Bill Viola uses video in such a new way in which the viewer has no choice but to watch the video in it's entirety almost connect to it physically. Video is a hard medium because when looking at a painting, the viewer will only use a few seconds of their time before moving on. When watching a video, the viewer must watch through it completely or they will not grasp the concept developed by the artist. Video uses human for and perception in a different way in which may cause the viewer to become uneasy. By doing so, Viola recreates moments in time so that the audience knows they are in a specific frame of time. The viewer is experiencing a real time connection between the images on the screen and themselves. Viola uses pain and suffering in his videos to step out of the norm that people usually like to see. The audience views images and thoughts they would rather forget about or not know at all. This power that he possesses is used to overwhelm the viewer but in a sense of indulgence. They indulge into the future and the world to come. Viola's video art is to show what awaits in the world and all it's mystery.