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Bill Viola (USA)

Inner Passage (2013)

Inner Passage chronicles a brief moment in one man’s solitary journey into the Mojave Desert of Southern California. It is an inner as well as an outer journey. In this landscape, the physical body confronts extremes of endurance in the form of scorching heat, numbing cold, blinding light, impenetrable darkness, infinite distance and forced confinement. It is also where the metaphysical extremes of loneliness, isolation, stress, anxiety and fear meet the forces of overwhelming beauty, mystery, wonder and ecstasy. Between these two states lies the present moment, with all it’s uncertainty and promise.

A man appears as a faint dot on the distant desert floor, and proceeds to move in a straight line toward us. As he gets closer he walks directly into the camera, blacking out the image. The screen goes dark, but it soon comes to life in an intense, jumbled cascade of images and fragmented sounds, that builds in intensity and frequency. When these begin to fade, a solitary light illuminates the path and the man finally emerges from the darkness into the light. He walks away and out onto the desert floor once more, eventually disappearing into the far distance.

(Inner Passage is an homage to British artist Richard Long)

 

BILL VIOLA, Inner Passage, 2013, (homage to Richard Long)  Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall, stereo sound  155.5 x 92.5 x 12.7 cm (61.2 x 36.4 x 5 in) 17:12 minutes  Performer: Blake Viola  Photo: Kira Perov
BILL VIOLA, Inner Passage, 2013, (homage to Richard Long) Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall, stereo sound 155.5 x 92.5 x 12.7 cm (61.2 x 36.4 x 5 in) 17:12 minutes Performer: Blake Viola Photo: Kira Perov