Bill Viola

DésertsThe PassingI Do Not Know What It Is I Am LikeAnthemHatsu Yume (First Dream)Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat)Ancient of DaysVegetable MemoryThe Reflecting PoolSilent LifeMoonbloodRoom for St. John of the CrossSweet Light

Viola’s precise works attest to his intense engagement with musical structures, which includes collaborations with avant-garde composers like John Cage. The videos, installations, sound environments, and performances play with perception and time experiences and disturb by way of their being slowed or accelerated. In subtle digital editing, The Reflecting Pool combines various temporal layers of a fixed shot. This results in changes in lighting and movements as the leap into a pool, a slowly transformative image, that makes the act legible as a ritual.