Observance, 2002 (edition 4/5)

Bill Viola, 2002

WAG 2004.24

About this object

Image © Bill Viola Studio

In 1998 Viola was one of several scholars invited to the Getty Research Institute in California to study ‘The Representation of the Passions.’ The participants examined how artists in the past dealt with the challenge of arousing and depicting extremes of emotion through their work. They also considered how contemporary artists could learn from this.

As a result, Viola created a series of new videos, collectively called 'The Passions'. In these, inspired by historical religious paintings, he explores the intensity of the human spirit. His method is to use extreme slow motion concentrated on the faces and body movements of his performers.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Observance, 2002 (Edition 4/5)
  • Artist(s)
    Bill Viola (American, born:1951, died:unknown)
  • Date
    2002
  • Materials
    Colour high-definition video; Plasma display
  • Measurements
  • Physical description
    Single screen video installation
  • Related people
    Bill Viola (Artist/maker)
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund in 2004
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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