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Title

Memoria


Artist

Bill Viola

United States of America

25 Jan 1951 -


About

Performer: John Malpede

‘Memoria’ is a precursor to Viola’s later works, including his series 'The passions'. Shot on a low-grade surveillance camera, an image of a man’s face showing a range of emotional states is projected onto silk cloth, recalling the Veil of Veronica or Shroud of Turin. The image is so degraded, however, that it sometimes breaks up, dissolving the face into the snow of recorded noise. Like his 2006 work ‘Bodies of light’, the figure seems to be on the verge of becoming or disintegrating, like a signal from another place.


Details


Date

2000


Materials used

video projection, black-and-white, silent, continuous running; silk cloth screen


Edition

1/5


Dimensions

projection size 61.0 x 76.2 cm


Signature & date

Signed Certificate of authenticity, blue pen "Bill Viola". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

254.2011.a-b


Artist information

Bill Viola

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Alison Ferris (Curator), The Disembodied Spirit, 2003.

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 61.

Kira Perov, Bill Viola: visioni interiori, 2008.

Michael Rush, Video art, 2003.

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 257, 259 (illus.).

John Walsh, Bill Viola: The Passions, 2003, 96-97 (illus.), 269.