BILL VIOLA The Encounter,   2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 36.4 x 61.2 x 5 in (92.5 x 155.5 x 12.7 cm) 19:19 minutes Performers: Genevieve Anderson,   Joan Chodorow Photo: Kira Perov

BILL VIOLA The Encounter, 2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 36.4 x 61.2 x 5 in (92.5 x 155.5 x 12.7 cm) 19:19 minutes Performers: Genevieve Anderson, Joan Chodorow Photo: Kira Perov

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Mercoledi 11 Dicembre appuntamento imperdibile alla GAM di Torino che ospiterà Bill Viola e Kira Perov, che presenteranno al pubblico alcuni estratti della nuova opera “The Encounter” (2012).

“Due donne, in due fasi opposte delle proprie vite, stanno percorrendo ciascuna il proprio viaggio. Nel momento in cui si incrociano durante un breve incontro, i legami esistenziali si rafforzano e il mistero della conoscenza viene trasmesso silenziosamente dalla più anziana alla più giovane” (Bill Viola)

L’opera fa parte di “Mirage”, un corpo di lavori “che esplorano i diversi strati di realtà e illusione nel mondo fisico così come le dimensioni ad esso interne ed esterne. L’attenzione è posta sulla posizione che gli esseri umani occupano nell’ordine naturale, sia sotto l’aspetto fisico che metafisico” (Bill Viola).

The Encounter, che sarà collocato lungo il percorso espositivo della collezione permanente nella sezione Natura fino al 10 Gennaio 2014, rievoca la mobile liquidità che fu di “Chott el-Djerid (a Portrait in Light and Heat)” (1979), riconosciuto come capolavoro della storia del video d’artista.

La conversazione con Bill Viola e Kira Perov avrà luogo alle 18, 30 nella Sala Conferenze della GAM (ingresso da Corso Galileo Ferraris 30).

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BILL VIOLA The Encounter,   2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 36.4 x 61.2 x 5 in (92.5 x 155.5 x 12.7 cm) 19:19 minutes Performers: Genevieve Anderson,   Joan Chodorow Photo: Kira Perov

BILL VIOLA The Encounter, 2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 36.4 x 61.2 x 5 in (92.5 x 155.5 x 12.7 cm) 19:19 minutes Performers: Genevieve Anderson, Joan Chodorow Photo: Kira Perov

BILL VIOLA The Encounter,   2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 36.4 x 61.2 x 5 in (92.5 x 155.5 x 12.7 cm) 19:19 minutes Performers: Genevieve Anderson,   Joan Chodorow Photo: Kira Perov

BILL VIOLA The Encounter, 2012 Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall 36.4 x 61.2 x 5 in (92.5 x 155.5 x 12.7 cm) 19:19 minutes Performers: Genevieve Anderson, Joan Chodorow Photo: Kira Perov

The Encounter is part of a body of work “that explores the layers of reality and illusion in the physical world, as well as the dimensions between and beyond it. The focus is on the place of human beings in the natural order, both physically and metaphysically.” (Bill Viola)

The Encounter, installed in the galleries of the permanent collection, will create a dialogue between Viola’s vision and that of the pictorial tradition. In the “Mirage” series Bill Viola reinterprets the transparencies of some Renaissance landscapes together with the evanescence of oriental ink painting. Thus  The Encounter is placed in the collection with works on the theme of Nature, bringing together different expressions that have allowed the artists throughout the centuries to create a mirror of their soul and their ideas.

The Encounter echoes the delicate fluidity of the 1979 Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat), an acclaimed masterpiece in the history of artist videotapes. The endless space of a desert consisting of air and heat waves is again represented in The Encounter but now there is a subtle narrative. Bill Viola writes: “Two women are taking separate journeys at opposite ends of their lives. At the intersection of their meeting, during a brief encounter, life bonds are strengthened and the mystery containing the knowledge is quietly passed on from the elder to the younger.”

Bill Viola’s legendary works are one of the main axes of GAM Video Library, which today is one of the most important European collections of artist films and videotapes. Viola’s works consist, in the early examples created from the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the 1980s, of a video language that gradually became fully developed, both for its expressiveness and its aesthetic intensity.

GAM has the honour of hosting  on Wednesday 11th December at 6:30 pm a conversation with  Bill Viola, the renowned media artist who has played a key role in the affirmation of time-based art. He will be joined by his partner and collaborator  Kira Perov who has worked with him for over 30 years. They will show excerpts of new work that was presented in London earlier this year.