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<head><title>Bill Viola Tribute Page</title></head> <body> <div class="col-xs-10 col-xs-offset-1 col-md-10 col-md-offset-1" style="background-color:#CCC"> <div class="text-center"> <h1>Bill Viola</h1> <p><em>International Video Artist Non-Pareil</em></p> </div> <div> <img style="width:100%" class="img-responsive" src="http://image.slidesharecdn.com/videoinstallation-090323212411-phpapp01/95/video-installation-25-728.jpg"> </div> <section style="background-color:#EEE; padding:5%"> <h3>Timeline</h3> <ul> <li>1951 - born in Queens, New York, USA</li> <li>1973 - graduates from Syracuse University</li> <li>1973 to 1980 - studies and performs with composer David Tudor in new music group "Rainforest"</li> <li>1974 to 1976 - technical director at Art/tapes/22, pioneering video studio led by Maria Gloria Conti Bicocchi, in Florence, Italy</li> <li>1976 to 1983 - artist-in-residence at WNET Thirteen Television Laboratory in NYC</li> <li>1979 - displays Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat) as part of "Projects: Bill Viola," MOMA, NYC</li> <li>1979 - invited to show work at La Trobe University by cultural arts director Kira Perov. They later marry, beginning lifelong collaboration, working and traveling together</li> <li>1980 - begins year and a half Japan/U.S. cultural exchange and studies Buddhism with Zen Master Daien Tanaka</li> <li>1980 - artist-in-residence at Sony Corporation's Atsugi Laboratories</li> <li>1981 - displays The Reflecting Pool: Collected Works, 1977-80</li> <li>1983 - becomes instructor in Advanced Video, California Institute of the Arts</li> <li>1984 - Receives Polaroid Video Art Award for outstanding achievement, USA</li> <li>1987 - Receives Maya Deren Award, American Film Institute, USA</li> <li>1989 - Receives John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award, USA</li> <li>1992 - displays the Nantes Triptych at Chapelle de l'Oratoire, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France. Now in Tate Modern Gallery, London</li> <li>1993 Skowhegan Medal (Video Installation), USA</li> <li>1993 - Receives Medienkunstpreis, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, and Siemens Kulturprogramm, Germany</li> <li>1995 - represents U.S. at the 46th Venice Biennale by producing a series of works called Buried Secrets, including one of his best known works The Greeting</li> <li>1998 - scholar-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA</li> <li>2003 - Receives Cultural Leadership Award, American Federal of Arts, USA</li> <li>2006 - Receives NORD/LB Art Prize, Bremen, Germany</li> <li>2009 - Receives Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts, MIT, Cambridge, MA</li> <li>2009 - Receives Catalonia International Prize, Barcelona, Spain</li> <li>2010 - Receives Honorary doctorate from the University of Liège, Belgium</li> <li>2011 - Receives Praemium Imperiale, Japan</li> <li>2014 - creates Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) for St. Paul's Cathedral, London</li> </ul> </section> <p style="font-size:2.5rem; padding:2rem">Such claims for video as the medium of self-discovery, its potential for transcendence and "poetic" vision, may well strike us as excessive. But perhaps Viola's drive to videate poetry and poeticize video, to transfer, for example, Blake's Songs of Innocence to the video screen, not by reproducing the poet's words, much less by talking about the poetry, but by inventing a visual and sonic analogue that can serve as intertext, is best understood as a form of pragmatism.<br><span style="font-size:1.25rem; color:#777">- art critic, Marjorie Perloff</span></p> <section style="background-color:#000; padding:4%"> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-4by3"> <iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KElriTXXwZw">Chott el-Djerid</iframe> </div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-4by3"> <iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GHdX7sApIMc">Reflecting Pool</iframe> </div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"> <iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1_ZcIoGeRIQ">Martyrs</iframe> </div> </section> <h4 style="padding:5%">For more information about Bill Viola his <a href="http://www.billviola.com/index.htm" target="blank">website</a> is a good place to start.</h4> <p class="text-center" style="font-size:1rem; color:#777; font-family:arial, san-serif">This site designed and coded by Tim Combs</p> </div> </body>
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